Holston prays for peace amid national distress

Holston prays for peace amid national distress

On January 5, The Call invited church members to join in a prayer for the nation on social media. The call for prayer was made while anticipating division as Congress prepared to attempt certification of votes for U.S. president.

We did not know protesters would breach the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on the following day.
The prayer we invited church members to join began with one line from the peace prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Contributors were invited to add a line from St. Francis or to add an original line.

The prayer is ongoing on Facebook and Instagram. Join us in praying for our nation.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is division, let me build bridges. – Rev. Larry Dial

Where there is hatred, let me sow love. – Denna Atkins Hornby

Where there is injury, pardon. – Sue Miller

Where there is despair, hope. – Janet Langan

Where there is doubt, faith. – Rev. Barbara Doyle

Where there is division, reconciliation. – Rev. Nathan Malone

Where there is enslavement, liberation. – Anna Golladay

Where there is fear, peace. – Rev. Karen Marie Lane

Where there is injustice, truth. – Patricia Belllingrath

Where there are lies, truth. – Mary Ann Powell Bryant

Where is hatred, let me bring love. – Barbara Kitty Williams

Where there is haughtiness, empathy. – Rev. Ginger Howe Isom

Where there is division, find unity. – Cotton Bill Wheeler

Where there is sadness, instill your joy. – Rev. Melissa Ricketts Malcolm

Where my hand is close-fisted, open it and extend it in a spirit of welcome and cooperation. – Rev. Ginger Howe Isom

Empower me to live for your Kingdom, to truly follow Jesus in His way, reflecting His heart. – Rev. Josh Kilbourne

Give me the strength to love those who vehemently disagree with me. Give me your eyes to see the worth of those who cause me pain. – Rev. Brooke Atchley

Where there is love, always love in prayer. – Sarah McCall

Teach my heart to love and forgive others as you love and forgive me. -- Bernice Howard

Where I stand in the way of peace, open my heart to the Prince of Peace. -- Rev. Jim Whedbee

Strengthen me in courage Lord so that I can turn over the table of lies to reveal truth. Help me to understand the cultish behavior so I can defend against it for your kingdom. And find me a place of peace so that I may be your instrument when I awake from the pain of this day. -- Rev. Jeff Tallent

Where my mind says I see differences, help my heart to see Your Image. -- Rev. Lisa Harr Bryant



Annette Spence

Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newsletter.