Prayer for Peace

flowers painted on wallIn light of the chaos, disorder and violence in our wider world, it is right to clasp our hands, hearts and voices in prayer for peace. We invite you to join us in prayer for the people of Palestine and Israel.

“Then justice will dwell in the land
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust
forever.” — Isaiah 32:16–17

O God of life and love and peace,
We witness the violence and injustice in your Holy
Land
And our hearts break.

Our hearts break for all Palestinians—
For the victims of violent attacks from Israelis
For those who have endured decades of occupation
and oppression
For those whose homes and olive orchards have
been demolished
For those who languish in Israeli prisons and in the
“open air prison” of Gaza
For those without nearly enough water and electricity
and medical care
For those who are refugees, long displaced from
their homes.

Our hearts break for the Jewish people of Israel—
For the victims of violent attacks from Palestinians
For those who live with fear and insecurity
For those who re-live the trauma of the Holocaust
over and over.

Our hearts break for the wider world—
For those who are indifferent to the pain and suffering
in your Holy Land
For those who distort or turn their eyes from truth
For those who fail to see the humanity of all your
children.

Heal us all, O God.
Heal the broken and comfort the sorrowful.
Give hope to the hopeless and courage to the
fearful.
Strengthen the peacemakers and reconcilers.
Confront those who practice injustice and commit
violence.

We especially pray—
That weapons of war be laid down
That walls of separation and the machinery of occupation
be dismantled
That prisoners be released
That demonizing of “the other” cease
That political leaders seek the good of all people in
Palestine and Israel.

We pray also for ourselves—
That our eyes will be opened to the ways in which
our beliefs and actions have contributed to injustice
and to violence.

O God, whose heart breaks for the world,
May your justice dwell in the land
May your righteousness abide in fruitful fields
May the effect of righteousness be quietness and
trust forever
May the effect of justice be peace – enduring peace.

Amen

– Esther Epp-Tiessen is the former public engagement coordinator for MCC Canada’s Ottawa Office. This prayer is part of MCC’s Prayers for Peace Packet.

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