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Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life

- Proverbs 13:12 .

On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

- Revelation 22:2 .

Prayer of hope

God of resurrection  

We turn from the cross of death towards the tree of life 

And dare to imagine another possible world 

Where violent conflict becomes peaceful reconciliation 

Where hunger and thirst are filled and quenched 

Where barriers of exclusion become bridges of opportunity  

Where pain and tears are healed and tenderly wiped away 

Where world weary hearts are strengthened and reenergised  

Where the leaves of the tree heal all the nations 

In a time of inequality and division we are united by hope,  

anticipating the flourishing of creation and fullness of life for everyone  

To the glory and praise of your Almighty name.