Stop the war. Bring our children home.
Soften the hardened hearts and open the closed minds of our pharaohs to see the destructiveness they have wrought.
Open again the Red Sea to allow our children to pass back through to their homeland.
May they return to a promised land and a people who honor the promises we made to them that they may see their risk of life, limb and sanity for our sakes to be valued and respected.
May this season in which we once again celebrate the coming of light into a darkened world mark a new beginning for us, for them and for a world weary of pharoah's arrogance and the interventions of pharoah's armies.
All these things we pray, O God, creator and lover of all living beings who bear your image even when we fail to recognize it. AMEN.
[Harry Coverston: Christmas 2006]