Thursday, June 22, 2006

A PRAYER IN TIMES OF WAR DISTRESS

This prayer was posted on Peace Signs by Susan Mark Landis on June 20:

Creator of all that is good,

We mourn the deaths of the two service men captured in Iraq, as we mourn the pain and deaths of all your children who suffer the agony of war. Hold their families and friends close in their horror and despair. Comfort them.

Redeemer of our souls,

We recognize that each of us, and all of our families and friends, are caught in cycles of violence. Help us to learn your way of the cross. Your willing death taught us that the only way to stop the spiral of revenge is with undeserved love. Only your love for us can give us the strength to love others who have hurt and continue to hurt us.

Spirit of wisdom and truth,

Gather us together into a community of your love. Teach us your bold ways of justice and peace, so that we can bring healing and hope to this world reeking of sin and agony.

Amen.

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