As we absorb the gut-wrenching news from Paris, and long for the full reign of God, let us join in prayer:
Your Holy Word, O God, has offered us hope that “the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” The Prince of Peace has come, and yet the carnage continues. Show us how to hold onto hope. Teach us how to restrain our own anger. Claim us for your mission to bring all humankind under the banner of peace. This we pray through the name by which you claimed our world as your own, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.