adaptation of ‘Prayer for Oslo’
God, there are lots of words we want to say to you,
lots of people we want to pray for with you,
places we want to give into your care.
Today we want to say things to you about Paris and Beirut -
we want to say, Why?
We want to say - No!
We pray with you for the people of Beirut and Paris,
those who have died,
their family and friends who have lost sisters, brothers,
children, friends ...
the people of these cities, and the countries,
whose hearts are breaking -
our hearts are breaking with them,
and we know your heart is breaking too.
We pray for the emergency services people finding the broken bodies
healing the wounded,
searching for the missing,
protecting the living.
We pray for people who have done these terrible things,
for their troubled souls;
and we pray for those who are investigating and prosecuting:
may calmness and wisdom guide them.
We give to you what are your places,
the countries of France and Lebanon;
may you be known there as peace and love.
may we not forget the lands and the people of Lebanon and France
in the weeks and months as they heal.