Prayer of Peace for All God’s Children
Blessings of God’s Peace to you!
Over the last two weeks, the world has once again plunged into conflict, trauma and pain – this time centered in Israel and Gaza, and among peoples of all creeds: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. As I said in my sermon Sunday, we can just imagine Jesus’ heart-rending tears for God’s children today. Picture Jesus standing at the summit of the Mount of Olives as he did more than 2,000 years ago, longing to gather all his children into His tender embrace. As Luke describes that moment, Jesus cried out, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”
Today, Jesus still weeps for all God’s children to come under the shadow of God’s healing and reconciling wing. For our part, let us consciously come to our Lord, and be intentional, humble participants in His peace and His justice. Let us continue to pray with all our hearts for God to protect all in harm’s way, and to reconcile all God’s children. May we pray as the Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem is praying:
O God of all justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence and fear which prevails in the Holy Land. Be with those who need you in these days of suffering; we pray for people of all faiths – Jews, Muslims and Christians – and for all people of the land. While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples. Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children, for, to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
May the Peace of Christ be always with you, and with the world,