Praying for Peace; "Unwavering Prayers for Peace, Understanding, and Reconciliation"

Bishop Delores J. Williamston
October 11, 2023

From Bishop Delores J. Williamston
Resident Bishop, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church

Greetings, Sisters, and brothers of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. We live in times of deep conflict in our communities, nation, and worldwide. This past week, a deadly conflict erupted in the Middle East that has caused the deaths of many and the capture of many innocent civilians in a conflict they did not create.

The trauma of war and deadly conflict leaves deep wounds in the mind, body, and soul. And we are left with questions, wondering what to do as we witness war across the sea.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, know that we can do something!

Let us pray continuously for lasting peace in Israel and Palestine; pray for the leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue to open the way to diplomatic conversations to find a lasting solution to the ongoing tensions between nations.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pray for the safety of those trapped, that basic necessities of life such as food and water will reach them. And in the midst of that, shelter can be found.

We should always remind ourselves that God is faithful and will answer our prayers for the healing of the nations. Let us not give up on harmony and unity among people of the world regardless of background, ethnicity, faith, or region.

I urge us to reflect upon 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which calls us to pray without ceasing. In these times of conflict, let us come together as a united community, offering our unwavering prayers for peace, understanding, and reconciliation. I pray that you will join me in dedicating ourselves to the pursuit of harmony in a world so deeply divided. 

May a few of these thoughts guide your prayers and actions as you stand in solidarity with those affected by the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Regarding the Holy Land Tour

We are constantly communicating with our trusted partner, Educational Opportunities (EO), who have provided us with updates on the situation and will respond accordingly as quickly as possible.


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