Famine stalks the Horn of Africa.
Bombs detonate in Oslo.
Violence wracks Malawi and Syria.
Rapes are perpetrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Atrocities are suspected in Southern Kordofan.
Human rights are denied in Madagascar, Peru, and Colombia.
In places and situations that fail to make the headlines,
people are violated; God’s creation is abused.
Yet we continue to trust the good news:
that peace will prevail;
good will overcome evil;
love is stronger than death; and
God will have the final word.
And so we pray:
the hurts of the world are legion,
the wounds of your beloved children exceed our counting.
Our spirits sag,
our hearts ache,
we grow weary.
Pour your Holy Spirit afresh upon us:
for the living of these days and
for the loving of one another
we pray in Jesus’ name.