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Lent 2022: Lord Give Us Peace and Healing by Betty J.D. Smoot


“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.

-Isaiah 53:5


March 18, 2022

Lord Give Us Peace and Healing

Our nation is in turmoil and our people are divided; resulting in anger, hate and chaos. Voting rights and our democracy are under attack. The pandemic is causing pain, death, financial woes, health concerns and employment problems.

Lord, you died on the cross to save us. Your example of courage, strength, endurance, and patience are what we need to get through these challenging times. This Lenten season, Lord please help and give us the strength and patience for you to heal us.

It appears the people are ignoring your warnings of fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other destruction. It appears they have so much hate and selfishness preventing them from seeing your light for the world. Love, kindness, and compassion are absent in their hearts. Lord, we ask that you turn their hearts from stone to love and follow your example to love and help others. Lord, bring us peace and healing.


Lord, you died on the Cross to save us. Send your healing powers to end the suffering from the pandemic and turn the hearts of hate into love and compassion for others. With your stripes we are healed. Amen.

Betty J.D. Smoot

Church School


Lent 2022

We invite you to join us on a 40-day journey of prayer, financial sacrifice, physical activity, and spiritual connection.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you as we prepare for Resurrection join us as we are reminded, awakened to the great power of God within us, and connect to our role in building with God a world of justice.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.



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