Prayer for Peace
Open our eyes, that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless,
because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts, and lives,
that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you.
The Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) have been moved to see the demonstration by Tamil people in their midst, in Parliament Square. They have spoken to us of the suffering in Sri Lanka as civilians have been caught in fighting and of the urgent need for a supervised cease-fire and lasting peace. CTiW have been made aware of a new initiative for peace as some of their representatives visit the United Nations; the government of the USA; the European Union; and the Commonwealth Secretariat. CTiW ask Christians and people of goodwill everywhere to join with them in prayer that these initiatives may be successful and that there will be renewed determination and action to build a just, lasting and secure peace which will benefit all the people of the beautiful land of Sri Lanka.