Over the past month, our office has daily prayed this same prayer, asking for peace and wisdom during Kenya’s General Election. Voting will take place tomorrow, March 4th, and I am confident in God’s faithfulness both for the safety of the Kenyan people and towards the leadership of the country. Please join our office as we continue to pray this prayer during the next week as Kenyan’s vote to elect the country’s fourth president:
Our Father and King of Peace, you are our serenity, please fill us with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, especially PEACE.
Dear Father, grant us, our leaders and our country peace during the elections. We pray for healing for those that suffered and continue to suffer from the violence in 2008.
We pray that we would all come to understand that violence only begets suffering, and that we would learn to live by your example in the gospel by loving and serving one another.
We pray that you would make us an instrument of your peace. Use us so that where we find hatred and ignorance, we would be courageous enough to share your love.
May your peace remain in our hearts always, and may we not be guided by differences of color, tribe, or ethnic origin but rather by your love.
As we approach the elections, give us wisdom, to direct and guide us in choosing our leaders and let us lay aside any selfish interests & prejudice to the glory of your name.
Lord, help us to learn to listen to you, that we may hear you right, and that, we may obey you.
In Jesus name we pray,
If you would like to know about the history of violence during the past Kenyan election, this New York Times article provides a comprehensive summary of what took place in 2007-2008. For information on current political tensions in Kenya, take a look at this article.
Despite all the crazy travel mishaps we had along the way, I am so glad I got to go to India over Christmas with my dear friends, Joelle and Alison. Fortunately, we met up with Chris just a few days into the trip and his knowledge of all things India saved us from much frustration and perhaps even despair. Our troubles began with our visas before Alison and I even left Kenya (we picked them up at 3 pm and our flight was at 6 pm), and continued throughout our ten day trip. And unfortunately, Christmas at the Taj Mahal was a lot less exotic than we had pictured it to be after enduring a 7-hour train delay in the morning and fighting through the millions of people that had also decided to spend Christmas with us. We ended the day with a five hour car ride (and by car I mean a sweet mini bus) back to New Delhi in fog so thick you couldn’t see past three lane lines in front of the car. It was definitely a Christmas to remember to say the least. Regardless of this crazy experience and the many, many others, I found India a beautiful country with friendly and beautiful people and I enjoyed getting to see a bit of Mumbai, Jaipur and New Delhi throughout the trip. I would love to go back someday and try to spend more time in one place, but for now, this sampler trip and it’s stories will have to do!