Burkina Faso, we pray again

God, All-Compassionate, All-Merciful,
we weep again for Burkina Faso,
again and again and again –
for the months have passed
the sorrow is ongoing,
and the coup has happened.

We prayed for Christmas cancelled,
three years ago.
How long, O Holy One?

We prayed last summer
for death and mass graves, looting,
burning of homes, of markets,
women who died at the well,
and food insecurity
stealing the laughter from children,
the hope from adults.
How long, O Holy One.

We pray for these strong people,
for their gifts to all the world,
for the fragility of a country in turmoil.

God, this day we pray
in the midst of
the suspending of the constitution,
army control of the streets,
flight of President Kabore,
closing of the borders.

And we will not stop praying,
for your comfort, compassion, mercy,
for the wisdom of nations,
the resilience of simple people,
and a dawning of peace.


This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Burkina Faso, we pray again

  1. Laurie Rowan says:

    Amen. Maren, you’ve expressed so well the heartbreak in that nation. We’ll add Burkina Faso to our prayers.

  2. Karen Usas says:

    The geography of Burkina Faso reminds me of the various homelands created by the SA Apartheid government in order to landlock the various places where black people were to live. This “gerrymandering” prevented access to international waters and trade, thus elevating the inequity of the people.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s