Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016
2016 has been a difficult year. Stories
about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean sea, the peace process in
Colombia, killings of social leaders and farmers, protests to defend water
resources, political surprises that seek to eliminate rights of millions of
people, intensifying abuses in Hebron, new disappearances in the borderlands
between Mexico and the USA, ongoing wars around the world, increasing
islamophobia, escalating abuse of migrants, violence against women and natural
disasters that have left thousands of people homelessâ€¦ The list seems endless.
However, even in all this darkness, we can
always find a ray of light. It reminds us that we must not lose faith. The
light, which the oppression tries hard to extinguish, lives and grows with the
commitment and dedication of us all.
In this last week of 2016, let us pray for
an amplification of the light in the coming year. The light that lives and
shines both inside each one of us and in the world around us. Let's pray for
this light to grow stronger and multiply.
Let us pray for CPT members in Colombia,
Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Greece, our partners and all the
people struggling for peace around the world. Let's pray together for those who
work to transform all forms of violence and oppression.
â€śI am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.â€ť (John 8:12)
Photo credit: Caldwell Manners (El Garzal, Sur de Bolivar)