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A Prayer for Ukraine

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

John 14:27

God of peace, what is there to say?

We bring ourselves to you in prayer for the people of Ukraine.  As violence and power seem to be winning over the care and wholeness of your people, we lift the broken hearts for your children.

For your children who do not know if they will have their very lives tomorrow, Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who have friends and family in Ukraine, Lord, hear our prayer

For those who have already been killed by violence, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the protestors who seek peace and are asking for the violence to cease, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all people around the world who are now living in fear as they witness violence in their neighboring country, Lord, hear our prayer.

For those of us glued to the news channel networks and newspapers and witness this violence, Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who cannot look as they sit alone in anxiety over our world, Lord, hear our prayer.

God, for all your children, in this time of violence and longing for control, we ask that you may breathe your breath upon our world.  As we sit in disbelief over the things happening to the people of Ukraine and all of those affected, we pray that peace may someday reign.  That your peace alone may be given to those who experience nothing but violence, anxiety, and despair.

God, you alone are the one who holds us.  You alone are the one who can quiet our minds when all we feel is fear.  We ask you that you might hold our fear now.  As we don’t know what will happen next in our ever-changing world, we ask for you to be a balm to our aching hearts until the day when all we feel is your abiding peace.

Amen.

Written by Audrey Webber on February 24, 2022