Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Violence, Looting and Riots in our Cities

Loving God, you call us into community, and we only become truly ourselves as we are there for others.

Forgive us our brokenness and heal the hurts of communities damaged in the recent troubles in our cities in the United Kingdom.

We pray for an end to the violence, looting and riots that have brought fear, terror and destruction to local neighbourhoods across London and other UK cities. We pray that the underlying reasons for the riots can be quickly, fairly and properly addressed and that the Government, the police and local communities will work together to rebuild trust and security.

Help us to repair the harm done to neighbourhoods, buildings and relationships and to rekindle hope.

Give to the Church in areas of trouble the courage and creativity to be there for others, and to be part of your gracious work of restoration and recovery.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is our peace and who keeps breaking down the barriers that divide us from each other.

We pray in faith, trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. A dear friend of mine named Joyce, who loves our Lord with profound trust, will be will be traveling to England with her husband in September; so I shared your prayer with her. Their daughter, Colleen, died this past November, she was profoundly retarded; but Joyce and her husband and their other daughter always adjusted their home (wheel chair ramps etc) to meet their dearly departed daughter's needs. They loved her much and because of the great hands-on care they gave her, they did not travel very much. They are looking forward to traveling to England and I am sure they will appreciate your beautiful prayer.

    If you'd like to read my very short blog post on Colleen, this is the link:

    Meanwhile all the best to you and yours during this upheaval. When I was a child we vacationed in California and the Watts Riots were going on at that time. I remember police cars patrolling the streets, shouting from mega-phones, "Do not go out of your house tonight."

    It is a good thing our Lord is slow to anger....


Keep it clean, folks.