A Prayer

Iraqi Yazidis, who fled their homes a week ago when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather at a makeshift shelter on August 10, 2014 in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP.

Iraqi Yazidis, who fled their homes a week ago when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather at a makeshift shelter on August 10, 2014 in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP.

As I started to think about what to write for this week’s blog, I had a hard time coming up with anything that seemed worthwhile to share while people are suffering. There is so much going on in the world and the news can be overwhelming. During church on Sunday our pastor stopped the service and had everyone pray with others around them for fellow Christians in the Middle East who are coming up against violent and deadly persecution. I came to the conclusion that with everything going on the best thing I could do was, like on Sunday, pray. So, rather than bog you down with a long winded blog post, here’s a prayer.

God Almighty, father of mercy, justice and grace. I pray that as in the beginning, you would shine your light into the incredibly dark places of your world.

Places where children are being killed.

Where families are surrounded and starving.

Places where your sons and daughters have lost hope.

Where your Church is being battered, bruised and crucified like your Son.

Shine the light of life on those who would take it from others.

Shine the light of life on those who seek to end their own.

Comfort the meek and the mourners.

Welcome the martyrs and the murdered.

I want to pray, “even so, come quickly Lord” so that the pain, mourning, crying and tears would all be stripped away.

I need to pray “Wake up, O Sleeper” because I fear, like Jonah, I just want to run away and sleep. I believe you are a God of mercy, justice and grace, but it is hard to feel that sometimes.

Give us the strength to stand on the boat of this world, tossed to and fro by the waves of sin and injustice.

Give us ears to hear the cries of our fellow sailors and stowaways.

Give us the courage to help those who are weak.

Give us the voice to shout at the waters, “Quiet, be still.”

And give us the faith to keep sailing, keep working…even if the tempest does not pass.

In all these things Lord, we pray your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. To the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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