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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Prayer for the Victims of the Syrian Conflict




This is essentially a Church of England prayer, but I have added substantially to it. 

We pray for those damaged by the fighting in Syria.
To the wounded and injured:
Come Lord Jesus.
To the terrified who are living in shock:
Come Lord Jesus.
To the hungry and homeless, refugee and exile:
Come Lord Jesus.

To those who have died:
Give the healing of heaven, Lord Jesus.
To those bringing humanitarian aid:
Give protection, Lord Jesus.
To those administering medical assistance:
Give protection, Lord Jesus.

To those offering counsel and care:
Give protection, Lord Jesus.
For all making the sacrifice of love:
Give the strength of your Spirit
and the joy of your comfort.
To those who are killing their fellows:
Give the remedy of love.

To the children:
Give the restoration of safety and joy.
To our war-weary world:
Give the new will of peace-making.
To all the soldiers:
Give the joy of returning to loved ones.

In the hope of Christ we pray. 
Amen

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for putting it all together. My prayer will cover the many needs of the world today. Your picture creates a deep feeling of sympathy for the suffering.

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  2. We must believe in our prayers. That our compassion will reach the afflicted and sorrowful even though we ourselves cannot be physically present. I pray for these souls held by their captors, enslaved, raped, tortured and killed. What else can we do to save them but pray for their mercy?

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  3. Disturbing image which I presume is what your intention was. Lovely, thoughtful prayer. I will pass this along to others who might want to offer a focused prayer for the victims.

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  4. Disturbing image, yes. But it is the most 'tolerable' ones - the others are of decapitated men, women and children, people with legs cut off, people chopped in half, people immolated, rows of dead children....endlessly. I am grateful there is a pope - where is there any voice crying out from Islam to these monsters: You are wrong!"

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  5. I pray that I don't become numb and indifferent to these images. That every time I see such a picture, I might be as horrified as the first time and remember to say a prayer such as this for all the victims and their families and for those who risk their own lives to come to their aid. Amen.

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