WORLD – As the world prepares to celebrate Christmas, the International Lutheran Council is encouraging prayer for those suffering the effects of devastating warfare—especially those in Ukraine, in Sudan, and in the Holy Land.
“Angels greeted the birth of Jesus Christ with the proclamation of peace on earth and goodwill toward men,” noted ILC General Secretary Klaus Detlev Schulz. “And yet, in this fallen world, we often see the opposite: hatred and violence and bloodshed. In such times, the good news of the birth of the Prince of Peace is all the more precious, as we remember how His life, death, and resurrection make possible reconciliation both with God and with one another.”
“I encourage Lutherans across the world to remember those currently suffering in the midst of warfare,” Dr. Schulz continued. “Pray that God would be with them in this time—that those grieving the loss of loved ones would be comforted; that the innocent would be protected; that wrongdoers would be brought to justice; and that peace would be achieved.”
The International Lutheran Council is a global association of confessional Lutheran church bodies.