We have you as Mediator
Before God who loves humankind.
May God not question our actions
Before the hosts of angels.
I ask of you, O Virgin,
Hasten now quickly to our aid.
This icon of the Mother of God is from Syria. It is of the Glykophilousa type - which means Sweet-Kissing. Doesn't the world need to feel the kisses being exchanged here - heaven's kissing of earth and humankind?
Poor Syria especially needs to feel this divine embrace: heaven so close - cheek to cheek. But that can only happen if the world rushes to help. So often when countries are imploding global help is delayed, procrastinated, debated, put-off, analyzed. Meanwhile half of the Syrian people are now refugees living in desert tent-camps provided by neighboring countries, others are turned back.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian people have been killed. Untold numbers of Syrian children, perhaps millions, are suffering terribly from thirst and heat. Another generation of children is lost to psychological trauma, destroyed schools and access to health care.
Maybe we can make the accompanying prayer above part of any spiritual discipline we practice. Or better yet - compose your own prayer before the Sweet-Kissing icon.