Monday, August 5, 2019
Prayer, day 2380: A Prayer of Mouring... Then Resistance
Most Merciful God,
we thank you for bringing us together this day:
anoint us with the power of your Spirit,
and fill us with your light,
that we may do the work you have given us to do
and walk in wisdom and grace.
Lord, strengthen us to persevere in faith and love,
led by your gospel to be resolute and unyielding
in resisting the forces of evil, terror, and carnage.
In obedience to your charge to us, O God,
may we pull don'
the forces of hatred, injustice, and fear
from the thrones they have usurped.
make us bold to reclaim our power
to shape our communities
by the precepts of peace,
Led by your Word, O Creator,
let us work together for the common good,
creating the Beloved Community you have called us to be,
where all enjoy the blessings
of ease, contentment, and security.
draw within your merciful embrace
all who weep and grieve this day,
and grant your healing to those
whose bodies, minds, or spirits have been wounded by violence.
stretch forth your hand that we may take it,
and draw within your protection all those for whom we pray.
Edited in response to the mass shootings in Gilroy, CA; El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH in a single week.