God of earth's climate,
The nations gathered and listened to your voice, spoken long ago through your prophets, the climate scientists. You've warned of the coming doom resulting from our selfish use of resources, our avaricious scramble for more energy, and disregard for the poor at the equator. You told us to be stewards of your earth, and in our sinfulness, we have used that as a license to do whatever we want with the earth's resources.
We have not yet repented of our need for comfort and luxury, but we have begun to think about change. Thank you that our politicians are starting to listen. Thank you for the accord in Paris.
Our people in Syria need you. We've heard more and more of devastating crimes, beheadings, torture, hatred, execution, and war.
Many of us in the US sit around debating whether we should allow refugees into our borders.
Others of us cry out for justice. We think that war on the Islamic State will stop the violence and the suffering. We want to fight the world on the worlds terms.
As always, the darkness of the present leaves us terrified. We ask ourselves: What if it were to happen here? What if it were to happen to us? How can we prevent it?
We forget that its our people in Syria who are suffering. We forget that you love all of your people, not just those of us in the West. Our dividing walls are historically contingent illusions. More violence lays more brick for more walls.
Help us to see as you see. Help us to trust you as our ruler. God, save your people from the darkness. Give us peace. Amen.
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