Light in the Darkness: PeaceBy Lee Kosa – December 18, 2016
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Prayer for Aleppo
God of Love who promised us light in the darkest season,
You have not, we know, forsaken any of us.
Even though, when we look around the world, we wonder.
We wonder how the people of Aleppo can sense your love, your peace.
We wonder how the teacher with a rubble-reduced school can sense it.
We wonder how the 11-year-old with a shrapnel-marked face can sense it.
We wonder how the pilot with a barrel-bomb-loaded plane can sense it.
Yet we know the promise of Christmas
Is that you have come
To dwell among such as these;
To be especially present to this teacher, this boy, this pilot.
And we cry.
We cry for wisdom that will call powerful ones to seek the welfare of the poor.
We cry for wisdom that will call powerful ones from the field of battle to the table of talk.
We plead that they may sense the call of your love, your justice, your peace.
We cannot wait, and yet we wait,
On Jesus the Christ,
Sent to crumbling Aleppo as the Comforter.
Born in terror,
Present in sobbing Aleppo as the Prince of Peace.
Delivered to stricken Aleppo a Child of Hope.