God of all humanity,
We pray for peace.
We pray that all families know safety and comfort, that children can live and play without fear,
and that countries reach out to each other with understanding and mutual care.
We pray that leaders make global peace their united goal.
Send your Spirit to comfort those in despair and danger.
Bring healing to our troubled world which you have given to us so freely.
May your Spirit strengthen us to work for peace.
We make this prayer in the name of the Prince of Peace.
Jan Bentham is a retired Religion Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is a musician, serving in music ministry at St. Ignatius Parish in Ottawa. She currently works at St. Paul’s University with the Catholic Women’s Leadership Program.