Saturday, 14 April 2018

As diplomacy fails in Syria

Father God, your voice challenges us:
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?"

And you call us to:
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

Help us to look to Jesus, the Christ in all our thoughts and deeds, that those who serve in our armed forces might take up their cross and deny themselves for the sake of Your kingdom and the peace of the world.

May they meet danger with courage and act with discipline and integrity to work for justice and peace and be an influence and force for good in this broken world.

Strengthen and protect all who this day find themselves engaged in combat,

Be with those who wait at home for the safe return of loved ones; guide our nation to always act with Justice, mercy and humility a forethought.

Bind up the fearful and grant us your peace. Amen.

I am reminded of the Kieffer prayer (prayed by the Free French as they approached the D-Day beaches) - a great prayer to add to our daily prayer I reckon:

"Lord, I shall be very busy today.
 I may forget about You, 
 But do not forget me."

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