O God Source of Life, Creator of Peace …
Help Your children, anguished and confused,
To understand the futility of hatred and violence
And grant them the ability to stretch across
Political, religious and national boundaries
So they may confront horror and fear
By continuing together
In the search for justice, peace and truth …
With every fiber of our being
We beg You, O God,
To help us not to fail nor falter.
— Rabbi H. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY
Lord God …
Bless all your children in the Middle East
with the gift of peace.
Reach out and embrace Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Dry their tears with your gentle hands.
Surround their trembling bodies with your loving arms.
Replace their fears with the hope and vision
of peaceful times to come …
— The Reverend Said Ailabouni, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
― Maya Angelou from Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer