(This week is Prisoners' Week) "There is nothing more important in life than compassion for another human being" (Tolstoy)
We are reminded in the Incident of the Woman that the crowd was judging and condemning (John 8:6-11) that the mission of Jesus, and indeed all Christians, is one of mercy and forgiveness, not judgement and condemnation.
Lord, You offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day.