Since the unprecedented incursion of Hamas fighters into Israel on 7th October, the reports and pictures of violence and bloodshed in Israel and Gaza have been horrific and devastating. The ongoing violence in the region leaves us feeling overwhelmed by the impact on neighbourhoods, communities and people. In the face of continuing violence and an unfolding humanitarian disaster we feel stunned and helpless. Events have been rolling out of control.
Nearly two months on (25th November), as a hesitant and hard won moment of ‘truce’ brings the first glimmer of hope, we are praying for release of all hostages and for lasting and just peace for all peoples in the region.
Lord, have mercy.
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A prayer for the Middle East
O God of all
Of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, and Ishmael:
Our hearts are broken in pieces at the suffering and murder of your people.
Our voices cry for peace and for justice.
Comfort those who grieve,
Console and heal the injured,
Be close to those in fear,
Restrain with your mighty hand those who perpetrate violence.
Send us your wisdom in all that we say and do,
That our voice may always seek justice, peace and security for all.
Revd Peter Colwell, Deputy General Secretary, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
You can read comment and prayers from other denominations on the website of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.