With sighs too deep for words
We mourn the loss of those to suicide
We pray for those who struggle with depression and mental illness
We pray for peace and comfort
We pray for change
That we would not be afraid to talk about mental illness
That we would not stigmatize and stereotype
That instead we would try to understand

With fists clenched, unable to speak
We pray for the victims of state violence
We pray for Ferguson, Missouri, and communities across the country
We mourn with families who are grieving
We pray for peace in communities that are terrified
That their youth will be next
We pray for justice, we pray for an end to violence
For an end to racism
For an end to oppression
We pray in nonviolent action
We pray in peaceful protests and vigils
We pray that we, too, will change and work for justice and peace in all we do.

With hands on our ears
Because the violence of the world is just too much
We pray for peace in Gaza and Israel
We pray for peace in Iraq
We pray for peace in Syria
We pray for peace in the United States of America.
We pray in the words of the prophets,
Of Isaiah and Micah, for that day when
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any more.”

May it be so in us.
May it be so in all we do.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, the Great Physician, the Healer of All Wounds, we pray.

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