Thursday, January 12, 2012

World In Prayer, Jan. 12, 2012

It was my week to write the World In Prayer prayers.  Since it's the season after Epiphany and the collect of the week is about Jesus, the light of the world, I thought I would use that as a jumping off point. Lots of places in the world need light!

O Lord, you are our light and our salvation: shed your light upon us and upon your world.

Shed your light upon
  • Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has served as a detention center for 10 years and where 171 men from more than 20 countries remain held, most of them without charge or trial.
  • Iran where Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a nuclear scientist, was assassinated by a motorcycle hit man. 
  • Nigeria where sectarian violence continues and protests over the end of fuel subsidies have sparked protests. 

Shed your light upon 
  • Afghanistan where 15-year-old Sahar Gul recovers in hospital after being tortured by her husband and in-laws. 
  • Mexico where nearly 13,000 people died in 2011 due to drug-related violence.

Shed your light upon 
  • the United States where the presidential election is heating up and candidates for the Republican nomination jockey for position.
  • Burma where the government and Karen rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement.
  • Haiti as we mark the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake and recovery is slow.

Shed your light upon 
  • those who are seeking diplomatic talks between the United States and the Taliban.
  • those who explore our creation as astronomers find planets in solar systems beyond our own.
  • the United States’ immigration policy as the Obama administration seeks to amend regulations to allow families to stay together.
  • all your world, O Lord, that it may be filled with your love, your justice, and your truth.

And shed your light on us, O Lord, that by the brightness of your light we may either see your kingdom in this world or find the path to create it.

All this we ask through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.  Amen.

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