Ever and All Loving God,
As we follow news of the mad progression to war,
we pray and we plead for a change of hearts and minds, for de-escalation,
and for dialogue instead of bombardment, violence and aggression against innocent people.
All peoples are Your children. And Your children find themselves on both sides of the current confrontation. Ukrainian and Russian families will suffer the loss of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children and grandparents, homes, neighbourhoods, and ways of life.
But You are a God of peace and love, not war and bloodshed. Though the things that make for peace may be hidden from the eyes of those driving the march to war, we pray that those eyes may be opened and that peace may yet prevail.
We pray also that the world may never look away, that we always remember the situation in Ukraine is real. It kills, maims, and destroys and will generate more deaths and more injured, more tears and pain, more fears and hatred.
We make this desperate prayer secure in Your love, through Jesus, our Lord, Amen.
Mr R Cunningham