A Prayer for Peace

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and that Your loved ones are healthy and happy too.

This week I would like to pray for peace. As violence once again sweeps the Middle East and We see conflicts across other parts of the world continuing, We should feel grateful that in our country there is relative peace and calm. Many struggle to see God when faced with natural disaster or the cruelty of other human beings. But God is always there in the hands of those who offer help and sustenance – whether offered by those of faith or no faith, for all love has its source in him.

‘The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
(Psalm 34:18)

‘Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.’
(Psalm 94:17-19)

Let us pray especially for those boys and girls whose childhood has been stolen in the cause of war, prostitution, slavery and greed. Let us ask Jesus to bring restoration, healing, family and love. Sometimes it is hard for us to grasp the horrors of war – let us develop that empathy which helps us to understand and grieve alongside those affected.

I wish You all a pleasant and peaceful Sunday. I hope Your week ahead is bountiful and joyful. Be well and go in peace. God bless.

We pray for all whose lives
have been touched by tragedy,
whether by accident
or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that’s left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity.

Amen