Jesus, you call us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. May we shine the light of your peace and love to its farthest corners as we remember your world in our prayers.
We pray for Russia as it hosts the Winter Olympics in Sochi, for the athletes who have come to compete, and for those displaced from their homes to make way for the sporting venues.
We pray for North Carolina (USA) where tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River have affected the area’s drinking water.
We pray for Pakistan and the Taliban as they enter into peace talks.
We pray for Syria where the government has reached a deal allowing civilians to leave the besieged city of Homs.
We pray for the more than 1,100 African migrants rescued by the Italian navy, and for all those fleeing their home due to conflict or lack of resources.
We pray for California (USA) as it suffers from severe drought and for other parts of the US experiencing extreme cold, and for those affected by these conditions.
We pray for women throughout the world, especially for the women of Iraq, thousands of whom are detained illegally and subject to abuse.
And we pray for those needs close to home and close to our hearts.
We pray for those areas of pain and conflict that never reach the headlines and yet are still of immense importance to us and to you, O Lord.
We pray for strength and courage to be salt, to be light, to be peace, to be love to our neighbors here at home and to our neighbors throughout the world. Amen.