A Prayer For the People of the Middle East

Almighty God, everlasting King and Judge, source of all compassion: the promise of your mercy and saving help opens our hearts to the hope of your instruction. Hear the cries of the people of the Middle East; bring healing to those suffering from violence; comfort those mourning the dead; encourage, with the promise of your Kingdom, those who have been forsaken by the world. O God of hope and Father of wisdom, teach us to desire your mercy and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Instill your people with compassion for the downtrodden and oppressed, that having no place to lay our head, we may live as citizens of the Kingdom which is to come, where nation will not lift up sword against nation, and men will never again learn war.  For you are the King of Peace and the Father of mercies, and to you is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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