By one count, armed conflicts are currently happening in sixty-five nations.
Lord, have mercy.
Every group that is fighting has its reasons; all the people who are fighting have their reasons. And to them, they are good reasons. In some cases, they really are good reasons.
We know that wars and conflicts have always been a fact of human life. Perhaps they always will be.
But Lord, it just seems like we should know better by now.
Please help those who work to try to prevent and to limit war.
Inspire us all by your Spirit and with your love to try to work out disagreements and conflicts in ways that are based in mutual respect and in a desire to build human community.
Forgive us for what we do to each other.
Give us grace to love our enemies, as our Lord Jesus Christ told us to do.