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24 hour prayer-a-thon for peace in Colombia

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Please join us for a virtual 24 hour prayer-a-thon for peace in Colombia. In coordination with the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia (DOPA), we want to gather prayers from all over the world over the course of a full day. Click here to sign up for an hour, alone or with a group, between 6pm Saturday, April 14th and 6pm Sunday, April 15th. Light a candle, sing, meditate, read a story, or just sit quietly in the presence of God.

Below we share some prayers collected from various resources to help inspire you during your prayer hour for Colombia. Thank you.

Lord, you give us a home.
Where we can settle into the
safety of your love.
Where we can live in hope for
a better future
Where we can rest in your peace.

Lord, you know our pain.
Restore our lives.
Lead us in the journey toward
grace.
Give us the shelter we long for.

Lord, take our hand.
Bring us comfort.
Bring us love.
Bring us home.
Amen.
–Jennifer Chappell Deckert

If you do away with the yoke of oppression.
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
God will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
–Isaiah 58:9-12

You, God of the poor and the oppressed,
God of those without roof and without land,
Rescue us, Lord.
Lord, you who suffer with those who cry and
those who are displaced,
With those who have to leave their homes.
Rescue us, Lord.

You who see the heart of the corrupt and the
assassin,
the heart of those in the midst of war and
confrontations.
Rescue us, Lord.

Rescue your people, Lord.
Don’t forget about our pain.
Look at us, surrounded by disappointment.
We need your understanding and your Love.
Amen.
–Adaia Bernal

“Lord, Give me Your Breath/Strength”
Today I want a new world
A world of love
Where all people
Really love each other
Lord, give me your breath
So I can sing
to all the nations
that they would live as one family
I also give you thanks
For all of humanity
and pray that your will would always be done.
–Gissel (9) and Zuleima (10) Sampayo, Marta Ortiz

Lord. I ask you in the name of your son
Jesus Chris, for all of the displaced in Colombia
and in the whole world. That you,
Lord, would give them strength so that
they can move forward with their families
and that in spite of all the darkness, that
they would never forget you. I pray that
they would realize that you are always
with them and will never abandon them,
that you are the light, that always guides
and protects.

Lord, I pray that people who are displaced
would one day forget their worries and be
strengthened in you.
Lord, I pray that your Holy Will be done.
–Zuleima Sampayo, 10

We pray for the peacemakers in Colombia, the churches, and all people who in countless ways seek to righ the wrongs, heal the wounded and sick, speak the truth, and protect the vulnerable. We give thanks for those who are empowered by their faith to be peacemakers. We ask that you would protect them from all harm and danger. God, give us strength as we seek to voices for peace in Colombia, strengthen our efforts to bring forth the words of truth, compassion, and peace that we receive from our Colombia sisters and brothers. Bring us all to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humble in your ways. Amen.
–Witness for Peace

Litany for light in the darkness
We know that light can illuminate the dark spaces and situations of our lives. We invite you to be the light in the darkness. We will read places and situations that need our light, and we invite you to respond with this phrase: Let our light shine in the darkness.

One: Where there is hunger even though there is enough food
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about democratic security, but threaten peace communities
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about freedom but kidnap
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about free trade at the cost of the rural poor
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about justice but there is no reconciliation
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
When they talk about the risks of weapons of mass destruction but invest billions of dollars to create more of them
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about the freedom of the people in Iraq and they put them in prison
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about negotiations but there are no reasons to trust them
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about terrorists without remembering the history
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about peace without preparing themselves for her arrival
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they come for my neighbors and there is no one to speak for them
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about peace but prepare us for war
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about social security but do not give a hand to those in need
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When they talk about the future of our children, but invest in war
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When there is land but people are scared to plant their lives and food there
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: When peasants harvest food but it does not receive a just price
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Barrancabermeja
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Nieva
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Bogotá
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Cartagena
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Barranquilla
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Cauca
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Chocó
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Cúcuta
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Ibagué
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Armenia
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Putumayo
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In the Opón
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In San José de Apartadó
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Micoahumado
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Jiguamiandó
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In the Magdalena Medio
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: In Colombia
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: Around the world
All: Let our light shine in the darkness
One: Let our light shine in the darkness because we need the path to justice, peace and a better future.
–Christian Peacemaker Team in Colombia

A Prayer for the United States and Colombia
Leader: “And the leaves of the tree shall be for the healing of the nations.”
Speaker I: For the healing of the poor, whose bodies suffer from malnutrition and disease, and whose hearts ache when there is no food for their children,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker II: For the healing of the rich, who are bound up in protecting their possessions, and do not experience the life-giving freedom found in sharing,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker III: For the healing of members of armed groups, who struggle to come to terms with the violence they have seen and done, and who see no way out,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker I: For the healing of those who have lost trust in their neighbors, believing they do not have their best interests at heart,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker II: For the healing of those who have given in to cynicism, who see injustice as inevitable,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker III: For the healing of those who no longer have hope, who have been waiting for signs of spring for far too long,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker I: For the healing of policymakers, who continue to seek security through arms and peace and through violence,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker II: For the healing of the land, water and sky, which have been degraded by those who see God’s creation only as a resource to be exploited and not as a gift to be cared for,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Speaker III: For the healing of both the United States and Colombia, countries who have seen parts of their populations as expendable, leaving scars that are still visible,
All: We pray to you, O Lord.
Leader: Thank you, God, for your vision of restoration and healing, revealed to us in Scripture. We long for people of all nations to find rest together in the shade of your healing tree. AMEN.
–Mennonite Central Committee, For the Healing of the Nations

Discussion

2 thoughts on “24 hour prayer-a-thon for peace in Colombia

  1. Thank you for sharing this opportunity.

    Posted by johninhastings | March 30, 2012, 3:12 pm
  2. we’ll be in silence in Cleveland, Ohio Sunday morning from 7-7:30 am and again from 10:00-11:00am (this time will include words and music and sacred dance.) PEACE AND BLESSINGS

    Posted by Carolyn Horvath and Tom Leonhardty | April 9, 2012, 4:59 pm

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