a prayer with Syria in mind

 

God, my Father, hear me in the name of your Son, my Lord, Jesus.

My heart bleeds for the people of Syria; all of them.

The young and the old.

The bitter and the blessed.

The innocent and the guilty.

The orphans and the widows.

The Muslims and the Christians.

 The powerful and the powerless.

The grieving and those who are yet to grieve.

Father, stop this bloodshed.

Humble the proud and lift up those who think like you.

Break the unending cycle of violence and kick-start mercy.

Soften the hearts that are hardened and the minds that are clouded.

Prevent escalation of enmity and enlighten all who seek holy answers to anger.

Give the leaders of the nations your wisdom and the peoples of the nations hope.

Defeat now those you would have defeated and deliver those you would have delivered.

Raise up active, courageous people of peace and cast down those who work destruction and death.

So none would perish before they seek you and find you.

Amen.