A PRAYER IN TIME OF WAR
God of compassion and grace we come to you in this time of turmoil needing your presence and guidance. We struggle with how to deal with the terrorism in our world. Sometimes we do not know which way to turn. Sometimes we don't know who or what to believe. As we seek to live in the tension of uncertainty without losing our balance, we need your presence and guidance.
We know that you love all your people and that your will for all, is Peace. TEACH US how to work with You for peace. TEACH US how to love one another. TEACH US how to banish fear and hate. Be with those who make decisions about sending our military members to war, and stay them from making rash decisions.
When we send our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Air Force and Coastguard into harm's way, be with them and keep them in your care.
Be with our chaplains who put their lives on the line to bring your presence and grace to the women and men who must go in harm's way. Be with the doctors, nurses and medics who risk their own safety and lives to bring comfort and healing skills to the wounded.
GOD OF COMPASSION AND GRACE, HAVE TRUE COMPASSION ON US WHEN WE MAKE MISTAKES.
AS JESUS FORGAVE THOSE WHO PUT HIM TO DEATH, WE PRAY FOR COMPASSION TO THOSE WHO HATE US AND WOULD DESTROY US.