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World Peace Prayer Service

What an amazing way to begin a New Year!


World Peace Prayer Service

I’ve prayed my own short prayers nightly for world peace as I’m sure you all have, but I had never attended an entire Sunday service dedicated to the world’s peace.

A song written by Gwen Girvin called, God Bless the Whole Wide World, was lovingly performed by her and her husband George. She was inspired to write this song when she was only eight and realized as a child that God blesses more than just America.

People from many cultures came to say a prayer for peace, mostly prayers that are practiced in their birth countries and religion. They’d recite in their language, (Then repeat in English).


I knew this service would be interesting, but had no idea of the immense intensity of emotion these prayers, chants and words would invoke within me. I have no doubt people of all cultures, located all over the entire world felt our love, prayers, chants, and songs as they were so purposely expressed.

I can only describe this service as one of the most powerful I’ve ever attended. My body tingled from head to toe, beginning to the end.


Some people brought instruments such as, Native American drums, tambourines, flutes, maracas, and wore authentic clothing to match. We heard Buddhist chats, one in Thai, two Baha’i Prayers, one (Farsi – Persian Language) Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit chants, along with prayers in, Mandarin, a Hawaiian and a Hungarian prayer. Amazing and Wow! I am so grateful to have been a part of this experience.

There was a strong united connection present, no matter the color of skin, language, or appearances, and it was obvious even though we’re all so unique in our different ways that we still have one amazing thing in common, our great love of God and a genuine hope for peace in our magnificent world.







I was invited and able to contribute my own prayer, titled, We Can, and was humbled and honored to do so.


by, M. M. Scheidel

We can


May the wounds of all earthly battles remain only on the temporary body, never finding home in the soul.

Please  God

Wash away all hatred and anger that impedes the mind, cleansing, healing, and make every one anew.

Energize us to do our part.

We can

Create an effort each day to begin with peace on our own soul.

We can

Share amongst anyone who is willing to experience, and hear

and those who are not. . . we can utilize our God-given artillery.

We can

Surround them with our weapons of love, swathe them with our compassion, and caress them with our empathy. Reminding, and encouraging all encountered to know of their own divineness within.

We can…

Do all of this daily in our mind, body, and souls… for we and our world craves peace

Because we have the divine within us we already know

Peace begins with me, Peace begins in our families, and Peace begins with each and every one of you!

We can

All unite to do our part… and so it is – Amen



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Thought I would share my daily routine on gratefulness. Please don’t tell my elementary teachers, but I’m still counting on my fingers. 

Each morning before my feet hit the floor, I say the words, “I’m thankful for. . . ” I then count on my fingers- ten blessings. I challenge myself each day to come up with things that we sometimes take for granted. This was today’s list.

Thanksgiving Day gathering with family, warm covers, indoor plumbing, no pain, the smell of coffee, having my husband home today, trash collectors, family& friends, good clean water, and my five senses.

Each night as I get in bed I go over in mind all the good things that have happened during the day. Then I pick one thing or moment as being the best. These can be small things, anything or any person who brought a smile. Maybe, it was something on TV that made me laugh out loud, or a story or song that touched my heart that I heard on the radio, or a complete stranger did something kind for me, like opening a door, picking up something I dropped, etc. Extraordinary things seem to happen when I go for my walks.  It could be something bigger like playing Polly Pockets or reading a story with my granddaughter, having a lunch or breakfast date with someone I hadn’t seen in awhile or a surprise visit from someone I love. Most days there are so many positive things in my mind at night, I have a difficult time choosing just one. After I pick one thing, I go on to say the five finger prayer. 

The thumb is nearest to your body therefore represents a prayer for all those closest to you, the pointer finger is for all the educators of the world, the center finger is for our worlds leaders and their endeavors, the ring finger is the weakest finger and that is prayer for all those who are suffering in any way or form, are ill or plagued with decease. The pinky finger represents the prayers you ask upon yourself. 

It’s a perfect way to end the day. Thinking all positive, grateful thoughts before going to sleep.

Happy Thanksgiving and may your blessings be plentiful and tasty today!

I believe this is going to be another one of those difficult nights to pick only one best thing of the day! 

More information on the five finger prayer.


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