Today many people will gather to remember the events that led to the outbreak of the first world war – prayers will be said and vigils held. I am reminded that this this war was supposed to be ‘the war to end all wars’ and yet today there is still war throughout the world – The Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza come immediately to mind. As do the words of Albert Einstein:

Peace is not merely the absence of war
but the presence of justice…’

If we are to see peace in our world then we must be seekers after justice. The Bible puts it this way:

And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

So this week our prayer seeks to remind us of our need to seek peace with justice.

God our Creator,
As we look around the conflicts in your world today
We are painfully aware
that we fail to seek your justice,
and swerve from the way of your righteousness:
look with compassion upon those facing danger, disaster, and devastation.
Guide us all along the path of life,
and make us valiant for truth, peace and justice,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.