By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Prayer.
“Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.” -Proverbs 3:31
Over the weekend, people worldwide observed the International Day of Non-Violence.
This annual observance on October 2nd, which also simultaneously falls on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, was first recognized by the United Nations in 2007 to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness. The United Nations also hoped to reaffirm “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and non-violence.” (1)
With all of the tragedy occurring worldwide, along with the ever-rising tensions in many countries today, we must continue to raise awareness about International Day of Non-Violence and pray against violence.
Prayer Against Crime and Violence (2)
God, crime is on the increase within our city and our country.
From the depths of our hearts, we pray that you will comfort,
heal, and bless all victims of crime.
We ask that you protect all people from the evil of crime and violence.
We pray especially for life-changing conversion for all criminals and the violent —
remove all evil from their hearts, fill them with your goodness and love,
that they may cease their evil works, and that our city and land
be free from the scourge of crime and violence.
We pray also for the grace to purge ourselves of all violence —
in our own thoughts and actions, in our family life,
in our friendships, in relationships with others.