The following is an excerpt from a recent prayer from the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, calling on the world to pray for the people who live in Palestine and Israel, who face uncertainty, violence and injustice, and who yearn for the end of oppression.
Grant Jerusalem your peace, O Lord. The past weeks have been full of unthinkable violence, unparallelled since the Second Intifada, in which women, children and innocent civilians have been targeted for violence based entirely on their ethnicity. Bring not only calm, but a true, just peace to Jerusalem and all its inhabitants. Lord, in your mercy.
Grant the Gaza Strip your peace, O Lord. The 1.7 million Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip bear the brunt of Israel’s anger through incessant air strikes, the complete blockade of land, air and sea, and now a declared war under the name Operation Protective Edge. We yearn for the day when trust, love and justice win over hatred, fear and discrimination. Let this day come quickly! Lord, in your mercy.
Grant Israel your peace, O Lord. Not a peace brought about by domination, oppression and occupation; the implementation of discriminatory laws; or the establishment of racial hierarchy. We desire a radical, all-encompassing peace which recognizes the image of God in each individual and encourages justice to be done. Embolden those Israelis who speak against such injustice and hatred, and let people of every nationality and ethnicity stand together for the protection of the oppressed, freedom for the captives, and the transformative power of peace with justice. Lord, in your mercy.
Inspire the people of the world, O Lord, to be peacemakers, in spite of the hatred, vitriol and violence around them. Let us stand for justice where injustice holds dominion, for hope where despair reigns, and for love where apathy keeps people silent. Lord, in your mercy.
--Posted August 13, 2014
See the feature article that accompanies this prayer, From milk and honey to a land of rubble (August 18, 2014 issue) and the discussion questions related to the feature.
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