Prayers for our world

On this World Earth Day, we pray for businesses, governments and citizens together to #InvestInOurPlanet. God, help our climate action to be global and local in its nature. May we act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably, in order to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods.

 

We give thanks for the ongoing nationwide truce in Yemen, the first for six years. The peace is holding, and has seen a reduction in casualties and increased movement of people and goods. God, we thank you for this breakthrough. We pray that the truce holds, and leads towards the establishment of lasting peace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We give thanks for new legislation outlawing forced marriage and sexual harassment in Indonesia. The bill comes as reported cases of violence against women increased by 54% in 2021 from 2020. God, we thank you for this step towards ending sexual violence. We pray that it would be implemented effectively across Indonesia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for residents of Shanghai, who have been under strict lockdown for most of this month. Social unrest has been rising as people have struggled to access food and medicines. God, help the authorities to respond to Covid with an appropriate balance of protection and freedom. We pray for a reduction in cases that enables the city to open up again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We pray for peace in Israel/Palestine. Tensions have risen again, with rocket strikes, clashes with police, and nationalist marches in recent weeks. God, we pray for an end to violence and the loss of life. In this season of significance for Jews, Muslims and Christians, we pray that religious belief would be a source of peace and justice, not for conflict.

 

On this International Workers’ Memorial Day, we pray for progress in removing asbestos from all buildings. Asbestos remains the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. God, we mourn that people face the danger of death at work. We pray for robust legislation to protect workers’ health and safety.

Joan Smith

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