Heavenly Father, today we pray about the intercommunal violence in Northeast Congo. Lord, we are sad about the Lendu and Hema communities’ history of violence against one another. We grieve about the dozens more who were killed in Djugu over the weekend. We pray the source of the recently renewed tensions will be discovered so it can be addressed. We pray that those who grieve will react with the determination to overcome these patterns, rather than seek personal vengeance. We pray these communities will shift toward productive means of dealing with frustrations rather than resorting to violence. May the root issues be resolved. And may those who grieve find lasting comfort in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.