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Justice Prayers - September 28, 2022

“God is great. God is faithful. And His love is set upon us. We come as we are, with trembling trust.” ― Sandra McCracken

Recovery After Hurricane Fiona in Canada

Hurricane Fiona decimated Puerto Rico in the last week but also deeply affected the East Coast of the United States and Canada. In Canada, houses washed away and the damage was extensive.  We pray for recovery:

God of restoration, we pray for all those picking up the pieces of destroyed infrastructure and property in Eastern Canada.  Provide shelter and power for those who lost it in this storm, meeting their needs through your people. We pray for miracles of provision, of kindness and of hope, even when so much is lost.  

Haiti and increased violence

The United Nations has ordered the evacuation of all non-essential international workers from Haiti, citing ongoing violence that has left workers vulnerable to kidnapping and attacks last week on U.N.-backed food and charity warehouses across the country.  Aid workers such as those with Doctors without Borders are at great risk and are trying to get out of the country.

Father God, we pray for resolution to the violent fighting in Haiti.  We pray for those who are trapped in their homes to be able to work, find food and access medical care. We pray for those who are aiding Haitians to be kept safe, and that you would reveal the root causes of the destructive instability and cause them to be addressed and healed,  in Jesus’ name.

Revealed Violence in Ukraine

Multiple mass Graves showing terrible violence and over 400 deaths, have been revealed as Russian troops have fled the occupied city of Izium.  The wages of war are death.  As Ukraine takes back territory, the Russian government is looking to mobilize citizens but 1000’s have fled Russia before this can happen.  

We pray for an end to the violence. 

God help the people of Ukraine and the innocent citizens of Russia who do not want to be dragged into a war.  Help God.  We don’t know what stops this level of power, hubris and violence but we know it is not of you. We ask for your grace in Ukraine again and again. Deliver them from this evil.  And be at work healing those who have lost loved ones in this reason-less war.  

Iran protests the killing of a woman for showing her hair

Protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have spread across the country. They have been met with internet shutdowns and violent repression.  Over 450 people have been arrested and the official death toll in the unrest is 41, with human rights groups say the true number may be higher.

The protests are some of the largest and seem to have taken hold in a way that the last 5 years of protests against government repression, widespread corruption, limited representation of citizens, weakened social services and economic distress.

Lord of Dignity, may the women who are leading the charge of these protests be kept safe.  The longing for an ability to have agency and freedom is being met with violence so we pray for the violence to cease and for the people of Iran to be allowed to grow into greater freedom.  May the powers and principalities that always seek to violently control and repress rather than serve be rebuked even here Lord. Keep Iranians safe.  

Becoming (part of) the Answer to our Own Prayers

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National Truth and Reconciliation Day 

September 30th 2022 is the second time Canada will mark a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. It coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a grassroots commemoration marked by the wearing of Orange Shirts for children forced to leave their families and attend residential schools.  This reflection is designed to take approximately half an hour and we recommend that you take space to listen and reflect. 

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