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Justice Prayers - October 12, 2022

The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. - Ann Voskamp 

Refugees in Calgary struggling to find housing

Refugees to Canada who land in Calgary are finding it hard to make ends meet in an extremely tight housing market.  The long term effects  of the high cost of living are hard to overcome for those arriving from life and death situations.

To the One who is our Home,

Housing is so hard to find as the cost of living keeps going up. For those in our cities in these precarious situations of limbo between cultures, support-systems and financial systems, we pray protection and provision.  Provide homes for those waiting to settle. Provide a generosity of heart and attention in those of us who have enough.  

Four Weeks  of Protest in Iran

As people around the world cut their own hair in support Iranians protesting the killing of Mahsa Amini while in morality police custody for showing her hair, the protests and responses to them have resulted in numerous suspicious deaths of young protestors.  28 underage children have been killed as of this past Monday according to the Iranian Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child.

God of Nations, we pray for those with the power to harm would choose not to.  We pray that peace would be chosen by those in governance, that the dignity of all people in Iran would be upheld. While this country experiences deep uncertainty in its economics and ability for its citizens to thrive, we pray that the evil of violence would be quelled. 

Prayer for Those who Mourn in Thailand

As Thailand reels from the massacre of 36 people, including 24 young children at the hands of a former police officer, we pray for healing.

Jesus, the images rend our hearts.  Comfort every parent, speaking to each in their spirit by your grace.  Comfort the survivors and help them to heal from this horrific event.  In the face such unspeakable horrors we pray that you would be present and active in this community. May this be a community that hopes again.   

Prayer for Wise Transitions

As the market for EV vehicles, plants, infrastructure and the minerals mined to power them heats up, we want to pray for wise leadership and decisions especially in regards to the environmental toll this transition could take. 

God of Heaven and Earth, 

We are in these webs of supply and demand, markets and investments, consumption and waste that are hard to see out of.  As we try to make a monumental change in our energy consumption habits, give us insight and wisdom so that we do not repeat mistakes when it comes to how we engage with Creation’s own wisdom.  We need you to help us see clearly and to make good policy decisions with regards to the energy transition underway.  Help us know that we are not God and to walk in your ways. 

Becoming (part of) the Answer to our Own Prayers

Promote Global Nutrition and Stronger Agricultural Infrastructures 

Join us and our partners from Bread for the World in urging lawmakers to co-sponsor and pass the recently introduced Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022. This bipartisan bill would continue to build on the success of existing programs, such as Feed the Future, designed to help address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition. 

Restorative Practices FaithCARE Training

On October 27-28, the Office of Social Justice and Safe Church Ministry will be partnering to offer a two-day training in Restorative Practices for Faith Communities. This training will be held at the CRCNA offices (1700 28th St. SE) in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will introduce participants to FaithCARE’s framework and vision for restorative congregations. Register here for this training!

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