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As you begin your prayers today, take some time to quiet your thoughts, perhaps by going for a quick walk around the block or just moving around a bit in your office space or room.

God of all hope and consolation, be with our Lebanese sisters and brothers as they mourn the loss of family and friends in today’s bombing.  Bring comfort, Lord.  Touch the wounded with your healing hands.  Hold us in your hands and help us to trust in you and to live with love, tenderness, compassion and vulnerability in spite of the violence and hardness of the reality we live in.  May we follow the one who showed us the most amazing love and generosity on the cross.  It is in his holy and precious name that we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, pausing between each word.