The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me
to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim release for captives,
and liberation for prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and a day of vindication for our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
to provide for Zion’s mourners,
to give them a crown in place of ashes,
oil of joy in place of mourning,
a mantle of praise in place of discouragement.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
planted by the Lord to glorify himself.
O God, we sing with joy at the return of 21 of the Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram in April, 2014. We are so grateful for all parties involved in negotiating their release. We praise you for their return. We pray to you for their safe keeping as they reunite with their families.
O God, we bow our heads lower as we plea for an end to the struggle our Nigerian Brethren continue to endure. Give them the steadfastness they need to carry on without giving up hope. Be with those whose lives are still held in the control of others. Change the hearts of their captors. Help the escaped rebuild their lives. Keep close those who have lost their lives. Send comfort to the parents and families whose daily lives remain wracked with grief and anguish. Make a way for rescue and relief.
O God, we sigh with the weight of knowing all are not free. Sometimes it is more than we can bear. Remind us that it is never more than You can bear. Let us trust in You, that You are in the midst of the families whose daughters have returned, the families whose daughters are still captive and the prisons where they are held. Inspire us to work harder knowing that as we work for peace, we are working for You. #ACoBAmen
*The video for this #BlessedBreak was taken in March, 2009 and is of EYN’s ZME Girls Choir. EYN is the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria and ZME is their Women’s Fellowship.
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