Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 November 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 November 2017

From Christian Peacemaker Teams in Al-Khalil / Hebron, Palestine:

"In the spirit of hope, we pray for peace.

We pray for the torn and divided peoples,
for refugees and uprooted families,
for all living in camps and for those who assist them,
and for all who have been bereaved, injured and traumatized.

Especially at this time, we pray for all who suffer in the midst of renewed conflict and attack.

We pray for Israelis living with the threat of rocket fire, for Palestinians in the West Bank subjected to the violation of their civil liberties and human rights and living under the constraints of military occupation and settler harassment.

We pray for
the people of Gaza, living under blockade and repeated military bombardment, adding fear to the misery of poverty and want.

In particular we pray for children and young people caught up in terror beyond their understanding or control.

Palestinian boy looking at Israeli soldiers at the souk

We pray for those who have been killed, maimed, bereaved;
those who have had their future torn away from them;
those whose lives are bleak, lacking opportunity, mobility and hope.

We repent of our complicity in silence, of closing our eyes to the needs and well-being of the children
and our failure to reject the ways of violence, threat and injustice.

In the spirit of hope, we pray for peace.

Amen"

 

(Adapted from Ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Gaza by Christian Aid)