December 9 - Day Fifteen

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The theme of this year's campaign is one that is easy to become compassionate about. At no time in my life has the United States not been at war some place in the world. Through all of this time, one or more members of my family has been involved in these wars/conflicts. The unrest began in my home at the end of World War II when my second oldest brother was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Italy. But, thanks be to God, we have not lost another of my relatives to these conflicts. However, the uneasiness continued until they all retired or became inactive. So peace in the home is what we all longed for then and continue to pursue. There are so many external forces that can have serious impact on maintaining this elusive state of  PEACE  IN THE HOME and peace in the world, then and now, so WE continue to pray...

Heavenly father, in these trying times we come to you on behalf of all our sisters and brothers in the world who are having difficulties in their daily lives of work and play. We ask for strength, guidance and perseverance that will enable them to work through their troubles and reach the potential you have perceived for them. Give them courage to reach out to others they encounter along the paths of life, and encourage them to seek ways in which your love can shine through.

Christ our Savior, we pray for all those who have the primary responsibility of caring for our younger sisters and brothers. Guide them we pray, into the pathways and places and situations where their safety is not an issue. We pray that they will grow and flourish to fulfill your will.

Almighty God, we continue to ask for enhancement of our own awareness so that we may quickly recognize the inequity that surrounds us, and may respond in a manner that pleases you and brings some sunshine to those we encounter. All this we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Margaret Gordon, Province III Representative to the NECW Board

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