Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Monday 09 July 2012
Daily Prayer - Monday 09 July 2012
Beleaguered Iraqi Christians gathered for “a moment of real celebration” in March as a church building in Kirkuk that was bombed six years earlier was officially reopened. The car bomb attack that wrecked it also killed a 13-year-old Christian boy, who had stopped there to pray and thank God for good school grades. At the opening ceremony a church leader said that such bloodshed was an invitation to persevere despite the challenges faced by the Christian community. These continuing challenges were starkly underlined in the same week when the body of a kidnapped Christian man was found riddled with bullets and a church building in Baghdad was bombed. Give thanks for the persistent faith of Iraqi Christians, and pray for their protection against further attacks.