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  • Writer's pictureAriel Tovlev

The One Who Makes Peace: a Prayer

The One Who Makes Peace


blessing bread bought

from the supermarket

our blessing says, thank you God

for bringing forth bread from the earth


but this bread didn’t come from the earth

it came from a store

from a factory

from flour ground

from wheat

from the earth


this bread did not sprout forth

it was created from human hands


we don’t thank God for the wheat

which actually came from the earth


God did not create bread

but God knew we could


my kids ask, why do we pray for God to make peace?

I tell them, God makes peace

like God makes bread


which is to say

we have all

the necessary ingredients


peace will not sprout forth

it will be created from human hands


thank you God, for giving us the wisdom

to turn wheat into bread


thank you God, for giving us the wisdom

to turn love into peace

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