A Prayer for the World
By Janjay Innis
Janjay Innis is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries, serving as a social justice advocate at the Tacoma Community House in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Innis offers a prayer for the world in the midst of the Ebola crisis, conflict in Gaza, and much more.
Eternal God, when nothing existed but chaos, you swept through a formless void and brought forth order with the creation of day and night. We celebrate day as it brings forth light that enables us to see the beauty of your creation. We cherish the stillness of the night where your promise for the world is revealed to us as we rest. Day and night, darkness and light, they belong to you. You created them and you called them good. Yet God, in the beauty of creation, chaos still appears. Chaos can remind us of what we’ve overcome. Chaos can lead us to seek realities different from that which we’ve become complacent in. Chaos can turn us into better versions of ourselves, but chaos can also consume and destroy us. From the chaos of lies, misinformation and ignorance, defend us. From the chaos that severs right relationships and leads to the study of hate, violence and war, save us. From the chaos of fear, release us, and from the chaos of unexpected suffering and untimely death, heal us. Remind us to pray together and for one another. Teach us to mourn together and for each other and lead all of your people to fully rest in the assurance that whether we are in deep waters or walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with us. With the audacity of faith, and through the power of your Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen!