Last night, the annual Rome Christmas parade sent our Three Rivers Singing group to Garden Lakes for rehearsal since downtown was overflowing and we couldn’t exactly reach our usual rehearsal venue.
One of the first pieces we practiced was “Dona Nobis Pacem,” which means “Grant Us Peace.” This morning I woke up with those words and the beautiful melody on my mind.
It is a great prayer, and not only for this time of year.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my world just seems off kilter, like my stabilizing mechanism has blown a fuse. Emotions run high, and patience low. Nerves are shot.
Into that chaos, I need but whisper that prayer: “Grant Us Peace.”
And the One who gives “peace that passes all understanding,” the very Prince of Peace will be faithful to respond.
In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Grant us peace.
Dona nobis pacem.