God through all the ages, even in times of despair, even in moments of darkness, we trust in your abiding presence. People have been cruel to each other at different times and places; people have shown compassion in ways thought unimaginable. In our own lives, we confess our part in times of distance from You; we give praise for those moments of closeness to You. You call us to peaceful and loving relationship. Reign in our hearts, we pray. Amen.
Written by Pastor Tyler Gingrich, of MNO Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) – Youth