Heavenly Father, today we pray for Jamaica, particularly the parish of St. James. We are thankful the Jamaican authorities have acknowledged the rapid increase in violent crime there, and that they are taking aggressive measures to address the concern. We pray the state of emergency will bring about concerted effort in decreasing the murder rate. We pray for the security forces as they search for gang members, scammers, wanted individuals, persons of interest, and other criminals, as well as guns and ammunition. We pray for effectiveness and yet discretion as they implement these searches. We ask that those who harm will be apprehended and that the innocent will not be caught up in the dragnet. Of course, we pray for the root problems of sin, greed and desperation that rule the hearts of those who perpetrate violent crimes. May your light and hope permeate the parish of St. James. May your children in that area effectively spread your love in these communities. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.