11
May
09

Justice Prayer

Dear Loving Parent of us all,

As we continue to recognize your presence with us,

we pray we are not lulled into unconsciousness by our own comfortable existence.

In this time of waiting give us ears to hear and eyes to see

our sisters and brothers who need our love and care.

Give us the desire to be your hands and legs in this world

to strive for justice, mercy, wholeness and freedom for all out neighbors.

This, loving God, we pray for ourselves. In your mercy …

Hear our prayer.

For all those who have been forced into unemployment and long to return to work,

for those whose work is demeaning or pay substandard,

for all those who struggle to support their families,

give us a tender and generous heart in order to show your love for them. In your mercy …

Hear our prayer.

For the children who cry in their beds at night and combat hopelessness,

for the mothers and fathers who must try to overcome despair,

for all the children who have died before their time,

for the soldiers whose hearts wrestle with what they must do,

for the healers who are denied the opportunity to use their gifts,

give us the courage and stamina to battle poverty and oppression in your name.

In your mercy …

Hear our prayer.

For the redemption of souls of both victim and perpetrator,

for those who commit themselves to the causes of justice and forgiveness,

give us the conviction we need to stand alongside all that is right in your eyes. In your mercy …

Hear our prayer.

In the name of Jesus the Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen

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