Prayer for Peacemakers, 24 January 2017 Palestine
Pray for peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms. Pray for the same peace within those working to make Palestine a better place and within ourselves.
In Palestine, there is an endless cycle of violence since early December when the USA administration declared the undivided city of Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Adults and children are arrested or detained and subjected to punishment and torture by the forces of Israeli occupation. The Israeli military breaks up peaceful demonstrations and protests with teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Schools will soon reopen after the semester break, and children will once again face the fear and humiliation of going through checkpoints to get to school, uncertain whether soldiers will search their bags or close the checkpoints, making them late for classes. Bedouin communities in the South Hebron Hills are facing the demolition of their homes by the Israeli authorities.
We are invited to pray for Peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms. We also remember to pray for this same peace within ourselves, keeping in mind what Deng Ming Dao said,
“Only when peace lives within each of us, will it live outside of us. We must be the wombs for a new harmony”
So we pray:
Dear God, we give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy inspiration and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging. Let us search for these places: in the world, in ourselves and in others. Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.
May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom. Amen