Great God, your love has held our lives through all the years down to this day. Your constant presence held us fast: remain with us we plead and pray. We’ve seen the ruins left by war, the tumbled buildings, street by street; some heard the voices that they loved and cried for those they’d no more meet.
As time moves on some memories fade, some griefs we shared lie in the past; for others pain is just as sharp, we know their hurt will always last. Some human acts have swept away our partners, parents, children, friends, some people we had never known; the memory lives and never ends.
Beyond this day we try to live: a sinew of each life survives, but where is God in hurt and hate? The questions stay to haunt our lives. Help us to build a better world not fuelled by vengeance, fed by greed; a world in which we all can live, what ever colour, race or creed.