Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
26 February 2017 - 04 March 2017
Give thanks for:
- The Protestant Church in the Netherlands. May it continue to serve as a witness towards the visible unity of the church.
- Christians who make a strong witness for justice and peace in our world.
- Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Brueghel, Vermeer and all those who, with their art, have given us new eyes to see.
- Tolerance and mutual respect between the Flemings and Walloons in Belgium.
- Drug users and those who sell drugs, that they find comfort and strength in God instead of substance abuse.
- The church’s vitality to attract once again those who have lost interest in the faith.
- The hundreds of asylum seekers at the borders, who are turned back to where they came from without exception, and who are deported without any hope of a better future.
- A healthy and open discussion between those who believe and those who don’t, between those born in these countries and those who came later, so that people don’t let themselves be tempted to develop racial prejudices.
- People to respect each other’s identity.
- Neighbours to live in peace with one another instead of treating each other with indifference and suspicion.
- Young people who cannot find a job after finishing their education.
We pray for your world church,
- for the churches here
that, confronting prosperity and luxury,
are obliged to tell the story of the One
who became poor for our sake
- and for the churches elsewhere
that, facing wretched poverty,
are entitled to proclaim
the Kingdom of your goodness:
so that we have something to say to one another,
so that together we are challenged
by the claims of your Word.
Wim van der Zee (former general secretary of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands; 1930-1995)
Prayer at Daybreak
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the sun that always rises, but never sets.
You are the source of all life, creating and sustaining every living thing.
You are the source of all food, material and spiritual, nourishing us in both body and soul.
You are the light that dispels the clouds of error and doubt,
and goes before me every hour of the day,
guiding my thoughts and my actions.
May I walk in your light,
be nourished by your food,
be sustained by your mercy,
and be warmed by your love.
Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536)