Palestinians are commemorating the Nakba on May 15th. This date reminds them of the catastrophe which began seventy-one years ago, in 1948 when five hundred and thirty Palestinian villages and towns were destroyed and over seven hundred and fifty thousand Palestinians fled for their lives. A whole generation of Palestinians have now been constrained to live out their lives as refugees.
- God of love and justice, as we
commemorate the Palestinian Nakba (May 15) this week, our hearts break with the
grief of 71 years of different forms of injustice and suffering in Palestine.
Though our hearts break, we remain steadfast. Keep our courage and resilience
strong and renew within the Palestinian people the will and the hope for
strategic peaceful resistance to on-going abuses. Lord, we cry out that the
continuing Nakba of Palestinian dispossession and suffering must end! We pray
for all Palestinians at home and abroad, especially refugees driven from their
homes in 1948, they still long to return to their rightful homes. How long, O
Lord, will this continue?
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.