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Prayer & Action for
Peace in Iraq
Jim McGinnis, inspired by
his new book
As we continue to pray and act for peace around the globe this week,
especially in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Honduras and Nicaragua (as
Nicaraguans observe the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution on
July 19th (see pp. 57-59), please consider forwarding this weekly prayer &
action request to your networks.
Insight on Iraqi Security and Refugees.
As US troops
withdraw from Iraqi cities, the security situation continues to be serious,
the NY Times reported 7/10/09. Print the photo of despair on the
Iraqi's face and use it as an icon for your prayer. Also, the situation for
Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan remains stark, as Voices for Creative
Nonviolence recently reported. According to the UN High Commission for
services to Iraqi refugees may be cut drastically: "We have only 38% of
our requested budget for our Iraqi operation." Also read the excerpts from
David Smith-Ferri's poetic reflections on Iraq in the Supplements to
Praying for Peace Around the Globe.
Peace in Iraq (Praying for Peace Around the Globe, pp. 26-27)
Loving God, we pray for
ourselves: that we may be the body of Christ, saying "No" to war and "Yes"
to peace; that we may be followers of the Prince of Peace, learning to love
our enemies; that we may be faithful disciples, bringing good news to the
poor and release to the captive; that we may be united by Christ's cross,
patient and passionate, tender and tenacious.
We pray for others: for the people of Iraq, whose lives and dreams are
broken daily; for the victims of torture and abuse, and their perpetrators,
whose bodies, hearts, minds and souls are being scarred forever; for
soldiers and their families, torn apart by war, sacrificing more than many
of us can understand; for communities suffering from poverty and violence,
fear and division; may they each know that they are held in your love and
We pray for your world: that nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
that human shall not lift up spear against human, and that no one shall
study war, or greed, or prejudice.
We pray for peace: make us your peacemakers, that we may learn in our hearts
and words and actions, in our votes and policies and halls of governance, to
overcome hatred with love, evil with good, and violence with peace. We pray
for peace in the name of the One who offers us the peace of Christ. Amen.
"Prayers for Peace" by the
Witness for Iraq
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Thanks for caring.