Chances are that you woke up on Thursday morning to the news of missile strikes on Syria the night before, an American response to Assad’s chemical attack on civilians. Perhaps you, too, had strong mixed feelings about the attack, whatever the reason. However you feel about a military attack, or whether this could possibly be construed as an act of just warfare, I hope that you feel led to pray for all involved – for Syrian civilians in harm’s way, for those in the military whose lives are on the line, for global leaders – whether in Syria, Russia, the United States or elsewhere – whose decisions have ramifications of life and death.
Especially as we prepare for a week that reminds us of the horrors of torture and death – not just on Jesus’s cross, but any time a child of God dies at the hands of those who are violent or unjust – we pray for God’s will to be done. The following is a prayer from our Book of Common Worship:
In a Time of International Crisis
Eternal God, our only hope,
our help in times of trouble:
show nations ways to work out differences.
Do not let threats multiply
or power be used without compassion.
May your will overrule human willfulness,
so that people may agree and settle claims peacefully.
Hold back those who are impulsive,
lest desire for vengeance overwhelm our common welfare.
Bring peace to earth, through Jesus Christ,
the Prince of Peace and Savior of us all.
May the next week be truly holy, for us and for all,