Thursday, August 03, 2006


The Education for Justice website, here, offers the following Prayer for an End to the Violence in Lebanon by Jill Rauh:

God of Solidarity,
We mourn the deaths of over 300 of our sisters and brothers in Lebanon, and the displacement of over 500,000. Give us the ability to feel compassion.

God of the Poor and the Vulnerable,
You call us to stand for the weak and for those who cannot protect themselves. Help us to stand for the poor and the vulnerable by refusing to stand for continued death, destruction, and devastation.

God who gave each person Human Dignity,
You desire that each person can live a dignified life, one in which basic needs are fulfilled. Because of this war, people are left without housing, without sanitation or electricity. Roads, transportation systems, and the ability to make a daily living are now destroyed for many.

God of Peace,
We pray for a true resolution to the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. The roots of the conflict are deep and much difficult dialogue will be needed. We realize that both sides share the guilt for needless destruction and suffering. Bring peace, O God.

God who gives each of us both rights and responsibilities,
Help us to guarantee the rights of those who suffer by reminding our leaders of their responsibilities toward the common good. Call all involved to dialogue. Let peace come. Amen.