Prayer for Mogadishu

God, today I weep
for the slain of Mogadishu –
for young and old,
for days not lived, gifts not given,
but those who love and know
each of their names
are changed
not for a day, but years,
even all of life itself.

Hold them, Holy One,
in hands of deep comfort,
that are not fickle,
breaking-news driven.

And hold me here –
praying for Somalia, for Somalia,
for all your children
in Somalia.

In my country it is autumn
and, red and gold,
the whispers of the trees fall.

I pray that we are not witnessing
a larger autumn –
of the leaves of the trees
for the healing of nations.
amen.

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One Response to Prayer for Mogadishu

  1. Thank you Maren.
    We’ll continue to park and pray at 1:11 pm for our nations’ healing.

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