Fr Gerry Hefferan, from the parish of St Joseph’s and St Anthony’s, Bracken Ridge, has posted this prayer for Syria:
OH GOD, HEAR THE PRAYER OF CHILDREN FOR PEACE.
We thank you, loving God, for the beauty you gave:
The beauty of music, of silence, of a stream running,
Of a bird nesting, of children laughing.
And we ask why do adults take such beauty away?
Why replace such wonder with fear and bombs and bullets?
We so much need you, O God, to inspire peace again.
We join with the children of Syria to pray for peace.
Across many faiths, we pray for peace:
For the children of Syria and with the children of Syria.
We pray for peace.
Hear the plea of children of Syria and of the world praying together,
For beauty and peace and laughter once more.
Help our adults to work for peace.
O God, hear the prayer of children for peace.
Fr Gerry Hefferan