Mighty God, you are in the wind that moves across the waters, that whispers in the night, that will not be contained. You see more than we can ever see, and you do not look away.
That you whisper through the wreckage in Turkey, calling life out of death, directing those who work night and day to resurrect life from the ruins. We know that by your will, children, elders, and animals were saved. We marvel at your presence amid such tragedy.
And we know,
That you uphold the protesters in Georgia, who bravely face down soldiers and uniformed, armed, agents in the worldwide fight against evil. Heal the wounded, Breath of Life. Sustain the weary. Open the hearts and minds of those driven by fear to commit atrocities against your children, so that they might lay their weapons down.
Still, we know,
That Ukraine remains, one year after the world watched the initial attacks on its people, their way of life, and all the things they need to live fully. Move through those who can relieve the soldiers and citizens who have fought for so long. Call newcomers to step in so that the beleaguered might step back. Continue to unite the nations to stand with those being persecuted in this war and deprive the fires of fascism of oxygen.
For we know,
That you are a God of life, raising the oppressed, binding the wounds of the injured, restoring hope to a people in hiding because hate has found its way to their door. Protect the innocent. Provide for the widow, the orphan, the sick, and the grief-stricken. Drive a spear into the wheels of those on a mission to harm and fill the hearts of those targeted for violence with courage, resolve, and faith to follow where you lead.
Now we know,
That the schoolgirls hospitalized in Iran have been poisoned, because of their peaceful protests for freedom. Heal their young bodies and sustain their resolve to expect and work for the right to live freely, to thrive, to become the people you created them to be.
For we know, you are with them.
And we know, you are with us as we watch, often helplessly, from a distance.
Yes, we know that you are a God of justice, who sets the prisoners free, who leads the enslaved to freedom, who weeps with those who suffer, who can and will and does breathe life into dry bones.
Help us to be still, and know, that you are God, even as we pray…
Shepherd us, oh God, beyond our thoughts, beyond our fears, from death into life.
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