A Prayer for Ukraine

February 24, 2022 by Beth A. Richardson

God makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth. ...
God breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    God burns the shields with fire.
God says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:9-10 (NRSV)


God of peace,

Russia has invaded the Ukraine and war seems inevitable.


Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


God of wisdom,

Rain down your Spirit onto the leaders of the world

That they might find a way where there is no way.


Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


God of comfort,

Wrap the grieving ones in your cloak of consolation.


Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


God of courage,

Be present with all those who are in harm's way.


Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Amen.


Written by Beth A. Richardson, Dean Emeritus of The Upper Room Chapel

Photography by Myriams-Fotos / Pixabay



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