A prayer for the Gaza and Middle East crisis

Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our voices!
Above the sound of rockets and the weeping of those bereaved,
hear our earnest prayers!

We look on in horror
at children killed,
homes and schools hit,
smoking rubble.
We listen in fear
to voices speaking defiance,
vowing revenge,
claiming violence as a solution.
We mourn with
all who have lost loved ones,
all who have fled the fighting,
all who will lie down in fear this night.

We wait for the Lord, our souls wait,
and only in the Prince of Peace can we hope;
our souls wait for the Lord,
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch in fear for what destruction the morning's light will show.

O peoples of this troubled region,
may your angry voices be calmed,
may love drive out hatred,
may God's peace settle upon you.

May God redeem all who call for further killing.
May the horrors of these days give fresh determination to the peacemakers.
And may we see conflict here no more.

Amen.

with thanks to Christian Aid for permission to use this prayer

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