Prayer on the occasion of Bin Laden’s death

God of All Ages, in these days filled with war, hunger, and devastation

we ask for your comfort and wisdom.

Forgive us for the ways we have become blinded by our own need for violence-

the ways we justify our appetite for death with your Word

the ways we create polarity by our own convictions

the ways we demand unanimity between even our own thoughts and feelings.

As we breathe a sigh of relief, help us also to breathe your grace.

For, the Way we are called to follow is in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace.

Inspire us to mercy –

mercy for ourselves as we show compassion to ourselves,

mercy for our neighbor as we offer hospitality to their reactions,

mercy for our enemies as we hope for justice and pray for reconciliation.

O great Creator God, breathe your life-breath across this time we are living.

Move in, around, and amongst us.


**I am happy for you to adapt, use, and circulate this prayer in meaningful ways.  All I ask is that you let me know!


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In the insanity that is my life, I am amazed at how God speaks. The Spirit is often sneaky, playful, and always timely. Lest those moments where the God as Spirit breaks through and in amidst the insanity be overlooked, this blog will serve as my place to savor each sighting. Indeed, God is all around teaching, loving, and beckoning...
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2 Responses to Prayer on the occasion of Bin Laden’s death

  1. Kathryn says:

    I’m using your prayer, somewhat adapted on May 8 in worship at the Reformed Dutch Church in Claverack, NY. THANK you for meaningful words. . .

  2. Susie Webster-Toleno says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be using this in Vermont in the UCC/ABC church I serve ~ perhaps somewhat adapted. Many thanks for your generosity.

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