Pray for Brussels

NEWS | Tess Holgate

Wednesday 23 March 2016
Updated 10:36am

What we know so far:

  • On March 22, at about 8am local time (6pm AEDT), two bombs were set off at Brussels’s Zaventem airport, and one on the Brussels underground metro system.
  • At least 11 died in the airport blasts and 20 in the metro attack; the wounded number in the hundreds.
  • Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A psalm for reflection:

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.
– Psalm 13

A prayer for Brussels:

Lord God,
We admit to confusion and anger over the latest attacks in Brussels. We pray for Belgium, that you would be their strength and refuge, a very present help in trouble. We ask for no further loss of life, and for wisdom for the response teams. We pray that Christians throughout the world will seek to love their Muslim neighbours. Amen.

Johan and Lilli Lukasse are in Belgium as church planting missionaries with European Christian Mission:

“We are all shocked what happened today in Brussels and at the airport. We want to thank you for your prayers and let you know that we are all right. No harm has come to us. Tonight there is an extra prayer meeting in our church here in Hasselt, for the families and people hit so hard and brutally with this terrorist activity. May God use this to bring people to Himself as we see how suddenly we can face eternity.”

European newspapers are starting to put out their Wednesday editions. Here are some of the covers:

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Líberation, page 1

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DeMorgan, page 1.

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Le Soir: ‘Hold on’

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De Tijd: ‘Never safe’

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Het Belang van Limburg: ‘Our darkest day’

Featured image: ‘Berlaymont’  by Eoghan OLionnain, Licence at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0.

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