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                 National Council of Churches in Korea              Korean Christian Federation

O Lord, how long shall we continue to keep the division on the Korean Peninsula?

When will peace come to the painful and broken land of Korea?

When will the South and the North lay down the weapons aimed at each other, hold each other’s hand, and sing a song of peace?

When will you lift the thick shadow of division?

O Lord, we have been living in pain of division for a long time.

Following the brotherly Korean War with its incalculable number of deaths, countless families were separated by the war and many people lost their livelihood.

The forces of the division system are the major stumbling blocks in the path toward peace and reunification while military tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula in the midst of mistrust.

Our hearts break when we look at the rusty barbed wire.

O Lord, grant your healing grace to those suffering from the wounds of division.

Help us to stop demonizing each other but instead to pursue peace and coexistence.

Empower us to take down the rusty barbed wire and the desires of all who block the way of peace.

Grant us love that encourages us to overcome suspicion and hatred.

Help us to discover the truth in ourselves that we can become agents of peace and reconciliation through your grace.

O Lord, have mercy on us in your compassion, that churches in the North and the South may gladly respond to your love in a faithful commitment to the journey of peace. Give us the strength and resilience to go beyond division and work together for peace through dramatic improvement and development of inter-Korean relations. May we rekindle the hopes for peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula.

O Lord, 77 years of division, there shall be no more tears and pain.

We can no longer be bound in heavy chains of war and conflict.

We cry to you for help, Lord; may we, your people, have open eyes to see and open ears to hear your presence among us along the journey toward peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.