Haikus and Tankas for Passing the Peace

I have been working on finding creative ways to “Pass the Peace” in a hybrid situation. What do we do as a people while the people in the sanctuary say hello to the people around them without unmuting everyone and causing a general chaos on Zoom? I wrote a set of haikus and tankas to share over Zoom while people are passing the peace so that everyone can feel a bit of love directed their way!

Feel free to use and share. Attribution is appreciated.

Friend, we pass the peace:
Across the miles may God's heart
embrace your good soul

Shalom beloved.
May the peace of God surpass
all of your worries.

Oh, beloved friend,
may the Blessed Spirit hold you
and love all of you

Jesus cares for you.
You are called to renewed life.
May peace fill that life

May God's peace rain down
to water your soul's garden.
May your life blossom

Softly like the snow
may peace build up in your life
so that if you slip
you might land in the middle
of a soft cloud of God's grace

Like sunshine at dawn,
may God color clouds with hope
and drive out darkness

May the sprouts of love
bloom in the sky of your life
as peace grows in you

May the gift of peace
that has been lovingly wrapped
by the hands of Christ
bring joy into the deep parts
of who you are in Jesus

May skilful fingers
strum a song of peace and joy
in your song of life

May God's peace leaven
and bubble in you with hope
as the Baker smiles

We believe in God
and seek God's peace. even as
God believes in us

May you hear God's song
when the bells of life ring out
and offer us peace.

May God's peace shine down
like the stars that light the world
even through the clouds

Like a filled donut
May God's peace cram into you
until it spills out

May the breeze of peace
blow across your life's valleys
and dust you with joy

May your life's story
be filled with moments of peace
as God works in you
to write gracious new chapters
with the flair of the Spirit.

May God's peace bless you
even when you recognize
that life is hard work

May you never trip
as you walk the road of peace
paved by Christ's great love.

May the peace of God
bring light to your darkest day
and joy through all things

As the bee brings life
as it flits through the blossoms,
may your life be blessed
as peace reaches into you
and leaves behind marks of love

May a snapshot show
the Light of Peace defying
all your life's shadows

May peace refresh you
like a cold drink on God's porch
on a hot, dry day

May the peace of God
bless you like a when blanket
when life's cold storms swirl

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