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Lord, today we are thankful for the resolution of a bus hijacking in in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. After three hours of terror at the hands of their armed captor, we are thankful that all commuters on this bus have been released and that none are physically injured. But, Lord, we know that there is healing that needs to happen. We pray for the dozens of passengers who now have to process this experience and move on with their lives. We pray that their loved ones and coworkers will be understanding, patient, and helpful. We pray that those who need to do so will find professional assistance to guide them through the recovery process. We pray that all of these individuals will eventually be able to make use of public transportation and trust military officers again (after the hostage-taker pretended to be one). We pray that they will quickly return to work and normal activities. Lord, we are thankful for the Rio military police who quickly remedied the situation. We are thankful for the skills of the sniper who “neutralized” the situation. We pray for this officer to also recover if needed. We pray for those who investigate this situation to discern what drove this man to such violent behavior, and we pray for the family of the hostage-taker to find peace and healing as they try to understand and move forward from what happened. Please send extra grace and peace to the city of Rio de Janeiro today. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.