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A Peacemaking Prayer
The history is complex,
the politics are intense,
the fear and anger are overwhelming,
and the future is unclear.
But glimpses of a hopeful vision
will not be bombed into oblivion
In prayer, we call to mind the peacemakers.
Neighbors of differing faiths
With different histories
With different politics
With different emotions
Who find room for each other
in their hearts
in their dreams
and in their lives
Those who hold firmly to a vision of peace and justice
anywhere in the world.
But, especially, today, in Palestine and Israel.
Spirit of Life and Love, be present with all who are suffering terribly from the violence in Gaza. Lift up the hearts of those who fear. And inspire courage among the peacemakers. Be present with political leaders, ensuring a retreat from violence and a procession towards the peace table. Guide the hands of all those who are caring for the injured, the hungry and the grieving. And, open our own hearts to compassion. Remind us of our complicity and responsibility. And lead us towards generous engagement—always towards a vision of peace.