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Almighty God, we pray about the peace treaty signed between US officials and Taliban representatives on Saturday. The possibility of ending the United States’s longest war is thrilling. And Afghans are naturally delighted, having lost more than 100,000 people since the conflict began, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. We take a moment to acknowledge this loss, as well as the loss of over 2,300 American soldiers, and the 22,000 additional American casualties. These are no small losses. Each number represents a soul. Each loss came as the result of sin and war. We express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by these soldiers, who were willing to lay down their lives for their people and nations. We grieve humanity’s penchant toward conflict. We express our doubt that things will go smoothly, but, with the faith of a mustard seed, we plead that they will. We pray everyone involved will follow through with the agreement, and that people’s desire for peace will propel them toward integrity and selflessness. May the United States and Afghanistan have peace with each other, unhindered by the Taliban. Amen.