Heavenly Father, wrap your arms of peace around the families in Afghanistan who lost their children today. These families, some part of the Taliban and some not, are dealing with one of the most devastating blows possible—with the Taliban families aware that their own movement caused these deaths. May the loss of these nine young lives cause the Taliban to stop planting anti-personnel mines, which are a risk for everyone, both now and into the future. We pray against other children being killed by these mines. Lord, we long for peace in this area. We pray your blessing on America’s attempted peace talks with the Taliban. With more than 8000 civilian deaths recorded since the beginning of the year, we are weary of this madness. Bring peace, Lord; bring peace among humankind and peace with you among hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.