Sad day

Of course, everyday millions of human beings are tortured, starved, raped, displaced, and murdered. Today is a day to remember the refugees of the world, but we also mourn the deaths of two American soldiers recently kidnapped in Iraq and subsequently murdered.

Let us remember these two young men, the millions of people who have been subjected to violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all throughout the world. May all those who have died rest in the eternal peace and love of God Almighty. May they know the fullness of God's compassion.

Prayer for Peace

Almighty God and Creator, you are the
Father of all people on the earth.
Guide, I pray all the nations and their leaders
in the ways of justice and peace.
Protect us from the evils of injustice,
prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war.
Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and hatred.
Teach us to cease the storing and using of implements of war.
Lead us to find justice, peace and freedom.
Unite us in the making and creating of the tools of peace
against ignorance, poverty, disease and oppression.
Grant that we may grow in harmony and friendship as brothers and sisters
created in Your image, to Your honor and praise.

Amen.

Source: From an Orthodox Christian prayerbook (http://www.interluderetreat.com/prayers.htm)

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