Prayers

Prayers for Peacemakers. 18 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 18 January 2017

Many of us might be contemplating about the difficult days that are about to come. Wars keep on raging around the world and powerful discriminatory systems are on the rise. Presidents and political leaders speak of preparations for new wars on different religions, sects, ethnicities, races and nationalities. 

Spiritual teachings illustrate that our past actions affect us, either positively or negatively, and that our present actions will affect us in the future. It is easy to waste time on blaming one person or another for what happens around us, instead of focusing on our present actions that might shape our future differently. Let’s all work together as one global community to resist nonviolently against all oppressive systems around the world and pray for each other on our long journey towards peace and justice. 

The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.

(Proverbs 22: 7-8)

For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.

(James 3: 16-18)

Poster No more war

Artist: Beatriz Aurora. No to War. Another world is possible. A world where all worlds fit.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Snow. For a lot of people snow is a synonym of a warm home. For others snow is a beautiful landscape in which they can get lost. Other people, those who have not seen or felt the snow, dream about snowflakes on their hands. However, not everyone shares the same perception of snow.

Let us pray for all refugees and people without home in Europe, Middle East, North America and the rest of the world who are suffering because of harsh winter conditions. Let us seek ways in which we can help them. Let us pray for political leaders to accept and understand that it is necessary to implement changes in order to stop the global warming. Let us pray for all those who have a cold heart so that the warmth of friends, family and community allows their hope to return.

Syrian woman walks wit her sons under the snow

Photo credit: Aljazeera.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 4 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 4 January 2017

In tradition of the Muiscas, the indigenous people who lived in what is now Bogota, Colombia, one of the most important rituals was carried out by the wise of the community. The wise person sat on a small bench in order to reconnect with the earth and thus reflect on one's own and their community's past, present and future. 

In our daily lives - even though it seems incredible - there are few moments in which we can sit still and reflect.

Today, we would like to invite you to halt your activities for a moment and reflect on:

- things that we could have done better in the past year,

- privileges that we have and ways to walk in solidarity with those who do not share the same,

- activities we can do to support peace initiatives around the world,

- and how to be agents of transformation of violence and oppression in our own communities.

Let's pray that this year of 2017 will grow new hopes for a better world.

Anthropomorphic figure from

Picture from Museo del Oro, Banco de la República.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016


Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016

2016 has been a difficult year. Stories about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean sea, the peace process in Colombia, killings of social leaders and farmers, protests to defend water resources, political surprises that seek to eliminate rights of millions of people, intensifying abuses in Hebron, new disappearances in the borderlands between Mexico and the USA, ongoing wars around the world, increasing islamophobia, escalating abuse of migrants, violence against women and natural disasters that have left thousands of people homeless… The list seems endless.

However, even in all this darkness, we can always find a ray of light. It reminds us that we must not lose faith. The light, which the oppression tries hard to extinguish, lives and grows with the commitment and dedication of us all.

In this last week of 2016, let us pray for an amplification of the light in the coming year. The light that lives and shines both inside each one of us and in the world around us. Let's pray for this light to grow stronger and multiply.

Let us pray for CPT members in Colombia, Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Greece, our partners and all the people struggling for peace around the world. Let's pray together for those who work to transform all forms of violence and oppression.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Baby watching TV

Photo credit: Caldwell Manners (El Garzal, Sur de Bolivar)

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 21, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 21, 2016

Please pray today for kak Awat, Gulala khan and kak Hassan, who CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team accompanies in their nonviolent struggle against corrupt rulers and powerful natural gas companies. They continue to be the voice and hands of change despite kidnappings, death threats and lawsuit against them. 

In our prayers let us remember also members of the Asaish (security forces / intelligence agency) and ask the Spirit to move their hearts and minds so that also thy can take part in bringing about the nonviolent transformation of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kak Awat Hassan, Gulala Khan, Kak Hassan

Photos published in cptikurdistan.blogspot.com Photos by: Kasia Protz and Rezhiar Fakhir.

Psalm 17: 1-3, 7-9

O LORD, hear my plea for justice.

Listen to my cry for help.

Pay attention to my prayer,

for it comes from honest lips.

3You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.

 

7Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.

By your mighty power you rescue

those who seek refuge from their enemies.

8Guard me as you would guard a pupil of your own eyes.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

9Protect me from wicked people who attack me,

from murderous enemies who surround me.

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. December 14, 2016

Every day, the images and stories of the destruction and desolation of Aleppo get more and more brutal. When we think that the war could not possibly get any worse, new stories come up proving the opposite.

Today, while many prepare to celebrate Christmas with their families, we need to stop for a moment and pray for our sisters and brothers who remain in the midst of a devastating war.

Pray for the people who find themselves trapped within Aleppo. Pray for their endurance and their will to survive. Pray for those who having escaped have come back to help others. Pray that this fratricidal war reaches its end and no more innocent lives are lost.

My God, “you are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." 

(Psalm 119:114)

Family walking in Aleppo. The city is destroyed

There were no restrictions or limitations to the extent of destruction wrought on Aleppo [SANA / Handout via REUTERS] Published by Aljazeera.

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 26, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 26, 2016

Pray for the teachers and other public servants in Iraqi Kurdistan who have not receive salaries for months and are on strike.  Pray also for the activists and organizers facing persecution and violence from the Kurdish Regional Government authorities. 

*Epixel for Peacemakers October 30, 2016 
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife
 and contention arise.

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous-- therefore judgment
 comes forth perverted. Habakkuk 1:2-4
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 19, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 19, 2016

Pray for the young men of Hebron, Palestine who wish to worship in the Ibrahimi Mosque on Friday.  The Israeli military has banned men between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five from attending Friday noon prayers. 

*Epixel for Peacemakers October 23, 2016

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and
 regarded others with contempt:

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: 
thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.'
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast
 and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'

I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other;
 for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted." Luke 18:9-14
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers September 28, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers September 28, 2016

Pray for the people of Grassy Narrows.  A recently published report by Japanese scientists noted that almost everyone they tested in the community, young and old were showing some sign of mercury poisoning.  Additionally, Health Canada is withholding the results of blood tests they performed on newborns in Grassy Narrows for mercury poisoning between 1978 and 1992.  Pray that those with the power to address this environmental racism will find it unacceptable. 

*Epixel for Peacemakers  October 2, 2016 

O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?

Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?

Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; 

strife and contention arise.

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous--

 therefore judgment comes forth perverted. Hakkakuk 1:2-4

 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary
 readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 7, 2016 Europe

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 7, 2016   Europe

Give thanks for the people currently undergoing training for Christian Peacemaker Teams in Europe.  Pray for their endurance, good humour, energy and attentiveness. Pray that harmonious relationships and strength for the work to come arise from this month.

*Epixel for Peacemakers  September 11, 2016 
CPT trainees meet with CPT Europe folks on the edge of Tempelhof’s radical community garden in Berlin
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.