Gracious Lord, we seek your Kingdom, which grows during both day and night. Help us, even when we do not know how, to remember that when things seem dark you are still at work in the world.
We pray for
- China where the mass migration of parents looking for work have left millions of children behind in rural areas. We pray for the souls of four of these children who died this week from pesticide poisoning.
- India and Myanmar, as Indian rebels (Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang) encamped in Myanmar have been ambushing troops, and Indian forces have been attacking Khaplang militant camps within Myanmar’s borders.
- The United States, where a history of racism continues to affect its common life, as police round up black youth at a pool party, and another police officer may face charges of murder, manslaughter, and reckless homicide after killing a 12-year-old African-American boy.
- Canada, as its people seek to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report which details the forced removal of indigenous children from their homes and the subsequent abuse many of them suffered at government-sponsored residential schools run by churches.
- Spain, where Parliament has passed a new law making it easier for descendants of Jews who were expelled from or fled Spain during the Inquisition to apply for citizenship.
- All those attending the Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity course in Cambodia.
- All whose work and ministry brings healing and hope to their communities and country.
Gracious God, we seek your Kingdom. May it be within us. May we share it with the world. And may we be transformed by your Kingdom’s loving power. All this we ask in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.