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MY PRAYERS ON THE SUNDAY WE REMEMBERED CHRISTCHURCH, MOZAMBIQUE, ZIMBABWE, MALAWI & COOKSTOWN

Stocki Preach

My prayer in Fitzroy, the week after the Mosque Massacre Christchurch, in the week of a cyclone in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, just see days after the Hotel Crush in Cookstown.Brexit goes on in chaos too...

The Lectionary reading was remarkably Luke 13: 1-9 where Jesus deals with a violent massacre and a crushing by Siloam Tower. Immediately afterI prayed this the band played Bono and Daniel Lanois's Falling At Your Feet. Beautiful! 

 

Our God

It has been a wordless week

We have gasped

And sighed

And cried

At what we have lived through

We have been speechless

Trying to describe the distraught

Of Christchurch

Of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Of Cookstown

Of Carlingford

Of Cushendall

Of Westminster

Lord, people at worship gunned down

People in their homes washed away

Teenagers going out to a St Patrick’s Day party, not coming home to their parents

Ruth and Nicola lost to their families

And a Parliament in chaos and confusion and crisis

Lord, it is almost too much

 

So, Creator God

We find inspiration from our Muslim neighbours

And prostate ourselves before you

Falling at your feet

To find our place in your order of things

To be realigned

To be put back in-sync

To your place

Your world

And our place in it.

 

Lord, Jesus called the Spirit a Comforter

So, may the Spirit break into Christchurch

Southern Africa

Co Tyrone

May your compassion made flesh in those neighbourhoods.

 

And Lord falling at your feet

We give ourselves

To whatever we can do 

Out there

But more urgently what we can do right here

In our homes

On our streets

In our places of work and leisure and socialising

Lord urgently call us afresh

And energise your presence within us

That we might be particles of your light 

Shining across Belfast and beyond

Lord, into our old broken world

Shine the new healing of your Kingdom.

 

And Lord, start with me

Give my soul a paradigm shift

That I might see this last week

And place in it.

May that might make everything different

In how I live this week

May we never abuse your grace  

To feed our own self righteousness

But use your grace 

To feed and clothe and comfort the world’s deepest needs.

Lord, I am falling at your feet.

Amen

 

 

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