I invite us to join our prayers with the prayers of so many around the world for all those affected by recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, Belgium, and Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast. We pray for those killed and injured and their families. We pray for all those who responded with care and service. We pray for a conversion of heart for our enemies who would commit such horrible acts of violence. We pray for world and local leaders, for wisdom and sound judgment as they respond. We pray for faith that seeks wholeness and healing instead of further division and injury in our world. As we walk these days of Holy Week, remembering how people put the innocent son of God to death on a cross, we see how human beings continue to betray the image of God in themselves and each other.
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us.
By your grace, as we stumble through the darkness, may we witness a new light being kindled in our hearts and in the world you have created.
Your brother in Christ,