Bishops of the Diocese of North Carolina Share Thoughts for Those in the Ukraine
Our hearts ache with the images and stories of the unprovoked attack on the people of the Ukraine. In this violent onset of war, we who follow Jesus turn to prayer. In our shock and and sadness we trust in prayer because we believe that prayer has the power to change human hearts, and provide “a way where there is no way.” We know that Jesus is standing with the innocent and vulnerable, and so we stand with the people of the Ukraine and all of Europe, as we offer our hearts in solidarity and in hope.
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
TEXT FROM BISHOP EDINGTON'S MESSAGE:
God of timelessness,
From chaos and disorder
you brought forth the beauty of creation;
From the chaos of war and violence
Bring forth the beauty of peace.
God of compassion
You saw the humanity of the outcast and the stranger;
Help us to see the evils of our hatreds and suspicions
and to turn them into the embrace of your Beloved Community.
God of peace,
Through your love on the cross
You overcame the power of violence and death;
Turn us away from the love of power
That we may transform a warring world
through the power of your love. Amen."
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