By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Community.
“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another,
just as God also forgave you in Christ.” -Ephesians 4:32
Over the weekend, scenes of pure chaos throughout Afghanistan took over the news and social media, as the Taliban took over cities and land, resulting in the evacuation of Americans and Afghan citizens from the country.
Furthermore, video clips of horrific scenes of individuals trying to make their way onto planes, even hanging on to them as they took off, surfaced online and went viral, along with the news of thousands of Americans and our allies remaining trapped in Afghanistan.
As the situation continues to unfold, it’s vital to pause and pray for those overseas, most importantly, the people in Afghanistan and our brave service members who are attempting to evacuate Americans from the country.
A Prayer for the People of Afghanistan (1)
God, we lift up the people of Afghanistan to you right now.
We pray that you would take hold of them and help them walk through this fearful time.
Protect them under your wing and help them feel the comfort and peace
that only comes from your powerful presence.
A Prayer for the Troops and Their Loved Ones (1)
Lord, we lift up the military troops that are in
or being deployed to Afghanistan right now.
Protect them as they give up their safety to protect us.
Thank you that we live in a free country,
where the choice can be made to fight for this freedom.
Thank you for every single person who has dedicated
their own lives to protecting this nation and people,
as well as the people of other nations.
Help them evacuate people with safety
and be a source of hope to those feeling trapped and afraid.
We thank them for their sacrifice – a sacrifice that you are so familiar with.
Nearly every person knows someone or has a loved one in the military,
and so many are fearful for their loved ones being deployed at this moment.
Cover each one with a blanket peace,
knowing that you guide each of us to your ultimate victory.
Comfort every veteran, family member, friend, and loved one
who feels fearful or uneasy right now.