Long has it been since the land which You have made holy for all times has not been poisoned by the blood of the innocent. Long has it been since stinging stench of gunpowder and blood has not permeated all that surrounds the Holy Land. Long has it been since peace was on the horizon.
Today, Precious Lord and Creator, I read that peace may yet come to the Middle East. As You know, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced today that the two sides “have agreed to cease all acts of violence against all Palestinians and Israelis everywhere.” Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that he and Mr. Abbas “agreed that all Palestinians will stop all acts of violence against all Israelis everywhere, and in parallel, Israel will cease all its military activity against all Palestinians everywhere.” The convergence of their two statements gives me so much hope, Lord, that perhaps the violence will finally end.
You know, as well as I do, that there have been cease-fire agreements in the past; You know, as well as I do, that it only takes one person on either side to re-ignite the fires of violence that have crippled the region and brought so much death and despair to both sides. You know, as well as I do, that peace has evaded this region for decades.
Thus, my Loving God, I beg you to bring peace to the Holy Land from this day forward. I beg you, my Loving God, to shower Your Peace upon the land and let the bullets and blood cease to fly. I beg you, my Loving God, to allow Israeli and Palestinian children grow up in peace and prosperity. I know that You do not call for the murder of innocent people, and so I beg you to stay the hands, on both sides, of those who would want to needlessly spill blood. Let each side see the humanity of the other, so that the fires of rage can be extinguished and the cooling rain of peace falls to replenish this blessed and holy land.
Lord God, let the cease fire hold and let peace reign supreme in the Holy Land. It is this American Muslim’s sincerest prayer, and I ask it in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.