Soul Food: A Call to Prayer for the Korean People
Siblings of Christ in the Wisconsin Conference, I write with a heavy heart and invite us to a time of prayer. On Saturday 151 people were killed and 82 injured in a crowd surge during Halloween festivities in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The South Korean President, Yoon Suk Yeol, has declared a period of national mourning. Let us remember that we have over forty clergy and families of Korean descent under appointment here in Wisconsin who are away from family. These are days for prayers, cards, calls, and expression of concern.
‘Comfort, O Comfort my people, says your God’ (Isaiah 40:1).
Let us pray:
God of all Creation, Lord of life, death, and resurrection,
You are the Alpha and Omega, the author of all healing.
Peter said, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’
Grant all who grieve your comfort and the hope of Emmaus,
especially the people of South Korea and our Korean siblings here in the Wisconsin Conference,
as well as the diaspora of our shared interdependence.
Stand with parents who are learning about the death of children;
fill the rooms of loss and spaces of mourning.
Mend those who are injured and make us to know peace enough
that we may carry on until that day we sit at your table with all the saints
in the power and love we know is Christ. Amen.
Know that I am praying.
Hee-Soo Jung, Bishop
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has served as resident bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference since September of 2012. Prior to leading the Wisconsin Conference UMC, Bishop Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area).