O Loving One, Ya Wadud, we grieve with the parents, family, and friends of the 145 school children who were murdered at their school in Peshawar, Pakistan, by the Taliban, on December 15, 2014. May these innocents rest in peace surrounded by your loving presence.

News report: The New York Times reports that the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for this attack, saying it was revenge for violence by the government against their families and women. It is part of the larger campaign by this terrorist group to try to overturn the Pakistani government and establish a religious state.

Divine Parent, protect all the children whose lives are in peril around the world: children trapped in war zones; the young boys in Africa and elsewhere who are kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers; the little girls who are raped and forced into sex slavery; runaway children and others who are living on the streets because they have no homes; children who have lost arms and legs to land mines; and the thousands who have been wounded and killed as "peripheral damage" in the war on terrorism. Help us to find ways to keep them and their families safe.

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