In the agony of these decades, in the grief of these years,
We come to you in prayer:
For the people, elders, nurturers, and children who have fought long and hard to protect their land and homes under occupation;
May they know that they are not alone.
For the many people (fellow Palestinians, Israelis, diplomats, and internationals) gathered in the village to support them in their vigil and those gathered in solidarity around the world;
May we embody the heart of fierce loving community in the face of injustice.
For the Israeli soldiers ordered to demolish the village of Khan Al Ahmar;
May they recognize the humanity in the “other.”
May we all resist any force that exploits and marginalizes.
Amen

—A prayer for the Palestinian village of Khan Al Ahmar as it faces imminent demolition by Alydia Smith