Luke 9:6  “So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.”

Lord Jesus,

We are desperate for good news.

All over the Earth, there is turmoil,

All over the planet, there is confusion.

We long to hear good news

Instead of

Bombings that bewilder us,

Hunger that horrifies us,

War that worries us,

Pollution that poisons us,

And Disease that destroys us.

Lord Jesus,

We are desperate to be healed.

All over the Earth, there is a sickness,

All over the planet, there is brokenness.

We long for healing

From all

Hatred that harms us,

Bigotry that belittles us,

Ignorance that injures us,

Tyranny that terrifies us,

And Sin that separates us.

Lord Jesus,

Grant us good news

And fill us with healing.

Give us

Peace that protects us,

Hope that helps us,

Joy that joins us,

Faith that forgives us,

And Love that lifts us.

In Your Holy Name, we pray.

Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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