As we enter into a season of hope and joy, we are reminded of the people in the Holy Land who cannot enjoy the same right.
The Christmas season is a time when people across the world celebrate hope and joy. However, it is not always a happy time for everyone. For example, many children who live in Bethlehem may not have what most children have for Christmas.
This year, as we enter into this festive season, let us remember that there are many people in the Holy Land who similarly cannot enjoy peace or justice either because of their religious beliefs or because of wars going on. Let us pray that this situation will change for them too and for all humanity – to have justice, peace and security in our lives through Jesus Christ our King!
While Christmas is a time for celebration, for many in the Holy Land, it is a time of war.
Christians in the Holy Land have had to cope with conflict and turmoil for centuries. Gaza has been under siege by Israel since 2007 and many Christians there are struggling to survive. In Jerusalem, Christian communities have been targeted by violence following the election of President Trump. The conflict in Syria has also led to a displacement of Christians throughout the region and beyond.
This Christmas, there is a need to pray in the Holy Land for justice, peace and security. The Christian population in Palestine has been attacked by Hamas rockets, which have been launched at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Israeli Defence Forces are fighting back with force and want to restore peace. There has never been this much violence before as children from Gaza have been on the streets condemning Israel and calling for revenge. Palestinian Christians fear that we may be heading towards a third Palestinian intifada.
The Holy Land is a beautiful place that is rich in heritage and culture. People of good will are encouraged to pray for justice, peace and security in this region this Christmas.
“The land where Jesus Christ was born, lived and ministered and died; the land which first had Christianity preached in its midst; where each of the apostles laboured and taught; where now our Lord sits at the right hand of God, reigning over all—this is Holy Land.”
In this season of peace and joy, we encourage people of good will to pray for justice, peace and security in the Holy Land.
We pray for an end to all violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We especially pray for an end to terrorism, incitement and all forms of fanaticism.
We implore God for forgiveness for the violence of our past, present and future sins. We ask that all may enjoy life in dignity as a whole human family in a land where no one’s rights are trampled on.
We encourage people of good will to pray for justice, peace and security in the Holy Land this Christmas.
As Christians around the world prepare for celebrations of Christ’s birth, Palestinians and Israelis continue to suffer from a lack of justice and the absence of peace.
The Israeli occupation in particular continues to perpetuate injustice, instability and insecurity for all people living in the region. We call on our leaders to be guided by a love that always seeks peace that is rooted in justice.
The inexorable rise of violence, terrorism and intolerance is one of the most acute challenges confronting the world. In recent times, this has been witnessed in some parts of Syria, Iraq and Israel-Palestine.
We are encouraged to pray for justice, peace and security in the Holy Land this Christmas. Prayers are needed to bring changes to these conflicts so that people living in these areas may once again live without fear and enjoy their homes as they should do. We are also reminded that during these difficult times we must never lose hope knowing that there is a God who cares deeply about us.