Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
10 January 2016 - 16 January 2016
Give thanks for:
- Christians who practise their faith in countries where they are a small minority; those who meet in house churches and those who provide links to Christians worldwide.
- Muslims who live up to the ideals of their faith and advocate tolerance and peace.
- Those who work for democracy and human rights.
- The graceful architecture of minarets and the sounds of the oud.
- The preservation of the art of these ancient cultures.
- Peaceful relationships between different tribes, religions and ethnic groups.
- Those who come from other countries to work, and are separated from their families.
- Clean water for those who thirst in the desert.
- Women, who have far fewer opportunities for education and employment than do men.
- Those who are persecuted for their faith.
- Healing for wounded bodies and crushed spirits caused by conflict and strife.
- Muslims who make the pilgrimage to Mecca, that they might be safe during their devotion.
- The grieving, the families torn apart, the homes destroyed, the businesses no longer functioning.
- An end to terrorism, lawlessness, and state oppression.
- International peace-keepers and monitors of treaty obligations.
You, Lord of all, we confess;
You, Lord Jesus, we glorify;
For you are the life of our bodies
And you are the Saviour of our souls.
(Ancient hymn of the Chaldean liturgy. WAGP p.22)
"Humans are inherent parts of one body,
and are from the same valuable essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurts one of these parts,
other parts will be disturbed.
If you are indifferent about the misery of others,
it may not be appropriate to call you a human being."