Merciful Lord, today we continue to think of the effect of hatred and intolerance as we pray for the people of the Central African Republic. This country is a struggling after a yearlong conflict. between Christian and Muslim fighters who are both injuring and killing hundreds of people including small children, with guns and machetes, and attacking homes and businesses. Religious communities that have always lived together in perfect harmony are now massacring each other.We pray for the half a million people forced from their homes and seeking shelter in makeshift camps and for those in remote areas fleeing from armed gangs who burn their villages. We pray for the troops backed by the UN who are trying to restore peace and for aid agencies including Save the Children, who are running health clinics and a hospital and providing food for those in need. We pray that somehow there can be peace and reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.