We create fortresses of the hearts seeking to protect ourselves,
For we have been hardened by the news of the day.
We build walls of despair seeking to shelter ourselves,
For we are fearful of what awaits on the horizon.
But you, O Redeeming one, offer us the possibilities
Of a new world built on your peace,
In the name of him who shared his peace with us,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen