I am joining many others in prayers for peace, particularly for a peaceful resolution to the latest conflicts in Syria. I commend to you this op-ed piece by Daryl Byler, a friend and man of peace, for some perspective you won’t hear in the media’s sound bites.
Here is my own prayer…
Lord of all
We stand again on the brink of war
in a part of the world
where chasms between peoples run so deep,
and enmity is nourished instead of friendship.
Hear our prayers, Lord…
for protection of the innocent
for resolution without armed conflict
for the comfort of those in distress
for the grieving.
Bring your wisdom
to those who make plans for war
that they might instead seek peace,
to those who are frozen in fear
that they may see hope,
to those who are indifferent
that they may understand.
Bring your justice
upon those who stir up strife
upon those who unjustly attack
upon all who would exploit, kill and destroy.
Bring your peace
O Lord, bring your peace.
Hear our cries, Lord, we trust in you, the only God and Savior of all,