A Prayer for Westminster.

A Prayer for Westminster.

Extremism

Lord God,
we pray today for our world,
haunted by the spectre of extremism.

We pray for our Intelligence services -
those in the front line of monitoring suspicious activity,
infiltrating terror cells,
tracking suspects,
thwarting plots,
often at great risk to themselves.
Wherever extremism rears its head,
may moderation and justice prevail.

We think of police,
ambulance crews,
fire services
and hospital staff -
those trained to deal with a terrorist incident,
potentially having to cope with mass casualties
in the event of an attack.
Wherever extremism rears its head,
may moderation and justice prevail.

We think of the victims of terrorism -
those who have been killed in atrocities;
those who have been maimed,
often suffering life-changing injuries;
those who have lost loved ones,
their lives never the same again;
those who have been traumatised by the sights and sounds
they've witnessed,
unable to get them out of their minds.
Wherever extremism rears its head,
may moderation and justice prevail.

We think of extremists themselves -
those who have lost sight of their common humanity;
who have allowed political and religious ideology
to poison their minds,
shutting out the true principles of their faith;
those who have turned what, at times,
are legitimate grievances
into wholly illegitimate and indiscriminate murder.
Help them to see that religion without love is no faith at all,
and that any movement based on hate can ultimately only
end up hateful
and hated.
Wherever extremism rears its head,
may moderation and justice prevail.

Amen.

Nick Fawcett 2017
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