I’m not sure how my words will find you when you read them, but I pray that they bring you hope, perspective, and will inspire you to take a moment to pray with me.
I was recently asked by a friend and servicemember who reads the Dear Reader column to write a prayer surrounding the circumstances in Afghanistan. He is a kind, gentle-hearted, and selfless individual who serves his community as he has served his country. His courage and character have inspired me to write this prayer, so join me as we take a moment to do so:
Lord, let your peace which transcends all understanding guard the hearts and minds of those who have been afflicted by the conflict in Afghanistan. For we know that war changes the landscape, it shakes the earth, and it produces long-lasting wounds. War in some cases is unavoidable; but war is also a process that will afflict. The depths of its wounds can seem unhealable and will cause a war of grief to wage deep within. We pray for the families of Afghanistan, and we seek You now for their peace. Bring them comfort and bring them healing, and guide them into Your transcending peace.
Lord, we ask that You bring our service men and women home safely, and we ask that You comfort those who have lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors. We pray now for the lost and for those who lost them. We pray now for the grieving, hurting, and those who are crushed in spirit. Bring them comfort and give them reassurance, for our world needs healing and our nation does, too. Lord, help our service men and women see within themselves all that we see in them. We see their bravery; we see their courage; and we see their ability to be selfless in their service. For there is no greater love, no stronger commitment, than to lay down your life for a friend (John 15:13). We thank You for their selflessness, and we honor You as we honor them. May they know today and forevermore that they made a difference, and may they never underestimate the power of their impact. Lord, we ask that You would grant these things, in Your Name, Amen.
My dear reader, be encouraged, and never underestimate the power of your impact. I want you to know that you are not alone, and it is my prayer that this column will make you feel as though you have a place to belong and somewhere to call home.
– Dedicated to the soldiers, civilians, and community servants who make a difference. Our wars may be different, but our hearts are all the same.
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P.S., Yours Truly,
The Writer, Seneca Howard
About Seneca Howard
Seneca Howard is a pastor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker who inspires the lives of others through crisis ministry, counsel, and personal development.