A prayer for 13 years of pain

Holy God, on this day of pain and division,
Bring Your Kingdom of peace to this broken and war crazed world.
Bring Your comfort to those who mourn the hundreds of thousands of Americans, Afghanis, Iraqis, and others who have died in the last 13 years.
Bring Your provision to those who still live but suffer from displacement, wounds both physical and emotional, deployed loved ones, and neglect by society because the world has fixed its gaze on hate.
Bring Your hope to those of us whose first memories of adolescence and adulthood were the images of burning buildings and falling bodies; Lord keep us from cynicism.
Teach us to rely on You, not chariots and fighter jets, gold and stocks, kings and presidents, or tribes and nations.
Forgive us when we hate and wish death upon those not like us yet made in Your image, and teach us to forgive those who hate and wish death upon Americans, equally made in Your image.
Keep us from the very real and understandable temptation to cheat on You with the comforts and perceived safeties of this world, and deliver us from evil.
Because all of this world, from the furthest foreign wilderness to the stones of our most revered American cities, is Yours and was made for Your glory.
Amen.

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A prayer for 13 years of pain

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