Education for Justice | Sat, Nov 14, 2015
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Copyright © November 2015, Center of Concern
Prayer After the Paris Bombings
Christ, you mourn again because of a city,
Because of the senseless violence
That pits brother against brother.
Have mercy on the souls of all the dead in Paris
Heal the living who were wounded in body and soul
In the city of Notre Dame, Mother of all.
We grieve with her and her children.
We mourn the breakdown of our global family,
And the violence in so many places
When humans created in the image of God choose hate,
When they choose death instead of life,
When they choose revenge instead of mercy.
Have mercy, Prince of Peace, on all the souls
Destroyed by hate and violence in Europe,
in the U.S. in the mid-East,
In Syria, in Lebanon, in Iraq, in Afghanistan:
In all places where guns and bombs
Continue to be seen as the only response.
Grant us the deep wisdom to somehow move beyond
This seemingly endless cycle of violence.
Guide us to wage peace with the same passion
Others wage war, so that peace
May be the final monument to those who have died.
In Christ's name we pray. Amen.