God of heaven and earth, hear our prayers for our sisters and brothers that are standing up and calling for justice and peace on the northern coast of Africa. Every day we hear of yet another demonstration; and of another, even more violent, crackdown by governments who cannot or will not hear the cries for peace. Today, we hear the cries of your Libyan children who are facing live fire from air and land from their own government. We lift up our voices with our sisters and brothers and cry to you for a cessation of violence, justice and peace. Forgive us for the ways we have strengthened governments that oppress their own people for the sake of what we call peace. Send your Holy Spirit as a mighty wind, blowing change through us and through the whole world Let justice roll down in north Africa, and all through this world that you so love. We pray it in the name of the one we call the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Amen
Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
The Interdenominational Theological Center