just over a month away, many of us have already started decorating our homes
and thinking of what this Christmas season will hold for us.
As we hear
reports of the unrest and tragic loss of life in the middle East we cringe
knowing that many of the places we so deeply associate with the birth of
the Prince of Peace are ringing with air raid sirens, not carols of the infant
do we celebrate the One who came to dwell among us, when missiles level the
dwellings of our sisters and brothers?
The following prayer was written by Rick Cober Bauman (Executive Director of
MCC Ontario) late last Saturday night after an especially grim newscast.
Thankfully all MCC workers and partners are unharmed, but deeply
concerned that conditions may worsen.
Lord of Heaven and Earth, even from a distance, we sense the blast of missiles and the stench of explosions. Yet we cling to your promise of peace.
Lord of Heaven and Earth, even from a distance, we feel the loss of children and mothers. Yet we hold to your promise of never leaving us.
Lord of Heaven and Earth, even from a distance we pray that all your children from Gaza to Syria, from Cairo to Jerusalem may sleep unafraid. Yet we lament the tanks, and rifles and warplanes that explode the night with terror.
Lord of Heaven and Earth, even from a distance we can hope, because we pray, that your peace will prevail, that your people will choose life, true life in you, Giver of all Life.