As delivered by the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
We confess we are fascinated when we hear of a part of our world in pain.
We drink in the details,
and while, at the time, our hearts go out to its victims to our shame we, as quickly, forget.
However you never forget
nor do you distant yourself
from anywhere there is need
In Jesus you have shared our humanity
and tasted its pain.
and all parts of the Balkans
that saw too much and suffered too much.
Bring healing where there is hurt
trust where there is suspicion
and strengthen those who would build bridges to overcome hate.
May your light shine in that darkness
and your love overcome all hate
that one day life and joy might return
and peace be a deep reality.
#For Jesus’ sake