Praying for the Filipino Seamen and Other Captives

The Holy Week saga and liturgy are over. But for the Filipino seamen and their families, now 117 of them hostaged by the Somali pirates, their Gethsemane struggle continues. I can only imagine the pain that this barbaric moneymaking is causing them in the midst of their normal way and intention to provide for their families. There’s the talk of ransom and asking the assistance of United Nations. But we all know crisis situation like this should be handled with utmost heed and diplomacy. Now and then, I offer them my prayer for their safe release as I recite Psalm 64:

Hear their voice, O God, as they complain,
guard their life from the dread of the foe.
Hide them from the band of the wicked,
from the throng of those do evil.

They sharpen their tongues like sword;
they aim bitter words like arrows
to shoot at the innocent from ambush,
shooting suddenly and recklessly.

They scheme their evil course;
they conspire to lay secret snares.
They say: “Who will see us?”
Who can search out our crimes?”

He will search who searches the mind
and knows the depth of the heart.
God has shoot them with his arrow
and dealt them sudden wounds.
Their own tongue has brought them to ruin
and all who see them mock.

Then all men will fear;
they will tell what God has done.
They will understand God’s deeds.
The just will rejoice in the Lord
and fly to him for refuge.
All the upright hearts will glory.

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