The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit many times in Scripture. It is also a symbol of peace, for after all, He is the Spirit who gives us the peace of God. When the Spirit came upon Jesus at his baptism, it showed that as a man, he relied on the Spirit for the power to carry out his ministry. If even Christ relied on the Spirit, how much more should we!
And we pray:
Lord, we pray for peace in the world, political, social, and national. But first and foremost we pray for peace in the souls of men and in our own souls as well. Before you left this world, when you promised to give us the Spirit, you said “My peace I give to you.” That peace of God passes all understanding and gives us inner strength as we carry on a ministry for you. May we seek it and find it today. Amen.