Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday Prayer Blogging - Captive edition

Sorry for the late post today; out celebrating Mrs. Expat Teacher's birthday.

Today I'm moved by the recent release of Jill Carroll and the freeing of Norman Kember and two other captives by coalition forces in Iraq.

I'd love to see the Iraqi-on-Iraqi, Muslim-on-Muslim bloodshed stop and the release of these hostages gives me hope that some in Iraq have turned the corner from violence to peace. Of course, that hope is tainted because, "At least 230 foreigners, and thousands of Iraqis, have been taken hostage in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. About 50 of the foreigners have been killed by their captors and the whereabouts of another 90, including six Americans, remain unknown."

Today let Isaiah 42:5-7 be your guide in your prayers.
This is what God the LORD says—
he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:

6 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,

7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

Let us pray