During this season of Eastertide, as we celebrate resurrection and new life, let us take a moment in silence to center ourselves in your love.
Let us pray:
O Holy One, who is, and was, and ever will be; who loves, who saves, who makes all things new, as we celebrate the gifts of the resurrection, remind us that we are redeemed, and we are redeemers.
As we ponder the current events in your world, open our hearts and minds to feel as you feel, and to guide us to new beginnings.
We pray for safety in the United States and among its allies, as US Department of Defense documents have been leaked; we especially lift up the Ukraine and all the ways this leak may affect the safety of Ukrainians. We continue praying fervently for all those affected by the war in Ukraine, and war everywhere, and mourn the loss of lives that continues. May your justice and peace prevail.
We pray for Myanmar, where at least 100 people, 20 of whom were children, were killed after Myanmar’s military junta bombed the Kanbalu township on Tuesday, one of the deadliest attacks in recent years. May your safety and hope be made known to your people.
As we mourn the lost lives from the many mass shootings in the United States, we find hope in the knowledge that Tennessee’s Republican governor has signed an executive order to strengthen background checks for purchase of guns and has urged lawmakers to pass legislation tightening gun laws. May care and protecting the lives of your people be held paramount.
We pray for the youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as some 2,100 schools have had to close in the past year due to conflict and violence, leaving around 750,000 students without schooling. May education return and may our youth be valued as our hope for the future.
We rejoice that the world will likely use fewer fossil fuels this year, in a “turning point” for planet-friendly energy, as determined by a recent report. May we all continue to invest in renewable energy, knowing that it will make a difference for the world.
Remind us, always, that the miracle of the resurrection was not only for us, but for all. Guide us forward with hope and purpose, that we might offer the message of new life beyond our own circle, into our communities, and spread throughout your world. May your peace, your mercy, and your love be made known to all people and, through us, may it one day triumph over injustice and death.
We pray all of these things in the name of the embodiment of your love, Jesus Christ. Amen.