He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Lord, help those in conflict with one another come to a peaceful solution, so that civilians may resume their daily lives. Bless the brave souls risking their lives to save lives in the meantime. Guide families to people and places where they can find help and rest. Provide host communities with the resources to assist families arriving on their doorstep. Have mercy on those who have no place to stay.
Lord, we lift to You our Syrian brothers and sisters. Strengthen them with power through the Spirit. Help them to endure, remain faithful and know that nothing can separate them from Your love. Each Syrian child is precious to You. Protect their little bodies from weapons and disease. Keep away predatory adults who look to harm or profit from them. Bring loving adults to watch and nurture them as they strive to survive the harsh realities in which they live.
Lord, awaken us to the needs of people enduring and fleeing violence. Let us not grow weary in doing what is right. Remind us to engage on their behalf as we would if it were our own families who were suffering. Help us be advocates for peace in this troubled land and open our hearts and wallets to pray and give gifts to help. #ACoBAmen
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