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.
Speak to the people of the region today,
that violence, terror, and war would be rejected,
in favor of love, justice, and true peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- The Reverend Said Ailabouni,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL