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Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism (January-March 2024)

JANUARY 1, 2024

It is a new year, God of beginnings, a time for resolutions and promises and hope. Things will really be different this time. We will stick to our plan; we will make our commitments; we will be new people. This time for sure. Like last year and the year before that …

Why do we continue in the same patterns of behavior year after year? What will it take for us to act differently, to see differently, and to value differently? Help us with these resolutions, Lord who calls to repentance and gives grace to be renewed. Help us in 2024 to work to create the world that reflects the vision of kingdom and kin-dom both. Walk with us, Lord of life, as we walk with you. Amen.

Derek Weber, December 2023

JANUARY 2, 2024

Lord, give us hope for those in poverty.

Lord, give us hope for the community in racial conflict.

Lord, give us hope for those that face racism in different places in society.

Lord, give us hope for the hopeless.

Lord, give us hope for those who are in wartime.

Lord, give us hope for the challenges that parenting represents.

Lord, give us hope for the children of the world.

Lord, give us hope for all the churches around the world that are helping their community to be bolder through racial dissimilarity.

Lord, give us hope for the government leaders as they face racial injustice.

Lord, give us hope!

We pray all this in your Holy Name. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Carlos A. Ramos Graulau, GCORR Board Member, Maj Deputy Wing Chaplain USAF & Dr. Waleska Serrano, Columbus, MS, in “Racial Justice Prayers of Hope,” Religon and Race, https://www.r2hub.org/library/racial-justice-prayers-of-hope.

JANUARY 3, 2024

God of justice, all people are made in your image and all people have equal dignity and worth. Show me the ways I have been blind to my own prejudices and help me be part of the healing rather than part of the problem. May I have the humility to learn and the courage to call others forth to a world of greater equality.

Amen.

Shannon K. Evans, Active Anti-racism (August 23, 2021), Franciscan Media, https://www.franciscanmedia.org/pausepray/active-anti-racism/.

JANUARY 4, 2024

God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change.

Lord, we know we cannot change what has happened in the past and the devastating impact of racism.

Grant us courage to change the things we can.

In the spirit of reconciliation and with gratitude for the gift of diversity, we seek to engage and empower people of faith to create a community of justice and peace through our common prayers and acts of compassion.

We do, Lord, with your help, have the power to change ourselves and our response to the present situation. Please guide us and give us the courage to do what we must do.

And lastly, Lord, give us wisdom to know the difference, so that with prophetic courage we may act as advocates for the dignity and well‐being of all persons, recognizing that behind every human face is the face of God.

In Jesus’ name, we pray, AMEN.

Gathering Prayer, Episcopalians United Against Racism, page 2, https://www.episdionc.org/uploads/files/Becoming_an_Anti-racist_Church_Curriculum.pdf.

JANUARY 5, 2024

Tomorrow is Epiphany, God of revelation, and our prayer in preparation is for eyes to see your glory. We are reminded in the story of the wise men that the ones who see aren’t always the expected ones. Your star is seen by those who don’t measure up to our criteria. Your light is sometimes followed by those who don’t always speak the same language, don’t know the insider rituals, don’t have the religious credentials we think are essential.

May our Epiphany prayer be that we can be as extravagant as you when it comes to letting the light shine. May we not keep the glory we know only for insiders. May we not cover the light of Christ with bushels of prerequisites. May our hospitality and inclusion be as wide as yours. Help us shine with the loving light of Christ. Amen.

Derek Weber, December 2023

JANUARY 8, 2024

One God, in Three Persons, creator of one human species, in many hues: all who pray to you are descendants of Adam and Eve, all members of one race called “human.”

Forgive the blindness that causes our eyes to notice and magnify those things we regard as different from ourselves in others. Teach us to see clearly, that we, your children, are far more alike than we are different. Help us to put aside the racial prejudices embedded within us, and to see within every person the Child of God you created, our sister or brother, destined for Glory. In the name of One who died for all persons, of all colors, Jesus Christ.

Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia cited in “Racism Prayers: Stand up to Racism,” Social Justice Resource Center, https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/racism/.

JANUARY 9, 2024

Good and gracious God, through your Son’s words you commanded us to be lamps shining on a stand, not under a bowl or a bed. Grant that our words and actions be always an evident manifestation of your light. You promised to those who hunger and thirst for justice that they will be filled. Give us the strength to commit to personal change and discover our own biases, so that we can see everyone with the same eyes your Son saw all those around him. We want to create access for those who lack it and change structures of inequity. Strengthen us and be our refuge in this quest.

This we pray: AMEN

“Prayer Service in Our Fight for Equity and Justice,” University of Dayton, Ohio, https://udayton.edu/ministry/csc/advocacy/antiracism_prayers/fight-for-equity-justice.php.

JANUARY 10, 2024

Loving and just God,
you call all peoples to live as brothers and sisters,
regardless of their culture, their language, or the color of their skin.
Forgive us for the times we have failed,
and give us your grace to overcome the evil of racism
so that our hearts may become free of all prejudice and animosity.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Excerpted from Prayers of the Faithful Against Racism, Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, https://www.dosp.org/racialharmony/pray/prayers-of-the-faithful-against-racism/.

JANUARY 11, 2024

Merciful God,
you are righteous and love justice:
stir the hearts of your people that,
rejoicing in our diversity,
we may repent of the wrongs of the past,
and, by your grace, seek the peaceable kingdom of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All Amen.

A collect for Racial Justice Sunday, Church of England, https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/liturgical-resources-racial-justice-sunday.

JANUARY 12, 2024

God of new beginnings, of second chances and start overs, it is hard to admit that all the resolutions in the world can’t help us become the perfect people we sometimes aspire to be. We need something more. We need more will and more grace and more hope and more … I don’t know, just something more. Send your Spirit to be that something more. Move aside my lack of will or stubborn will so that you can open my eyes to a world I don’t really want to see. Open my heart to those whom I have worked to avoid. Open my hands to those who need me to give and to love. Help me, God whose will I pray will be done in and through and sometimes in spite of me. Help me be more like the one I claim to follow in ways that make a difference in this broken but beautiful world. Amen.

Derek Weber, January 2024

JANUARY 15, 2024

Dearest Jesus, come and sit with us today. Show us the lies that are still embedded in the soul of America’s consciousness. Unmask the untruths we have made our best friends. For they seek our destruction. And we are being destroyed, Lord. Reveal the ways the lies have distorted and destroyed our relationships. They break your shalom . . . daily. Jesus, give us courage to embrace the truth about ourselves and you and our world. Truth: We are all made in your image. Truth: You are God; we are not. You are God; money is not. You are God; jails, bombs and bullets are not.

And Jesus, give us faith to believe: Redemption of people, relationships, communities and whole nations is possible! Give us faith enough to renounce the lies and tear down the walls that separate us with our hands, with our feet, and with our votes!

Martin Luther King, Jr. cited in “Prayers of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Prayer and Politiks, https://prayerandpolitiks.org/articles-essays-sermons/prayers-of-martin-luther-king-jr/.

JANUARY 16, 2024

God of our past, present and future,
you created each one of us in your image and likeness,
help us to recognise you in each person.

As we pray for end to suffering caused by racism
lead us this day to walk with one another,
pray with one another and work together,
so that we create a future based on justice and healing,
where all can fulfil the hope you have for all peoples.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales cited in “Prayers for Racial Justice,” Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, https://cafod.org.uk/pray/prayer-resources/prayers-for-racial-justice.

JANUARY 17, 2024

Gracious Lord,

we dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, and we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence. we pray for your peace.

When our hearts ache for the victims of war, [racial violence] and oppression, help us to remember that you healed people simply by touching them, and give us faith in our ability to comfort and heal bodies and minds and spirits that have been broken by violence.

When the injustice of this world seems too much for us to handle, help us to remember that you fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish…, and give us hope that what we have to offer will turn out to be enough, too.

When fear of the power and opinions of others tempts us not to speak up for the least among us, help us to remember that you dared to turn over the tables of money changers, and give us the courage to risk following you without counting the cost.

When we feel ourselves filled with anger at those who are violent and oppressive, help us remember that you prayed for those who killed you, and give us compassion for our enemies, too.

When we tell ourselves that we have given all we can to bring peace to this world, help us to remember your sacrifice… , and give us the miracle of losing a little more of ourselves in serving you and our neighbors.

Walk with us, Lord, as we answer your call to be peacemakers. Increase our compassion, our generosity, and our hospitality for the least of your children.

Give us the courage, the patience, the serenity, the self-honesty, and the gentleness of spirit that are needed in a world filled with turmoil and terror. Amen.

written by Jack Knox, pastor of Salem (Oregon) Mennonite Church, cited in “Prayers for Racial Justice,” St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Allentown, PA, https://www.standrewsbethlehem.org/welcome-home-page/prayers-for-racial-justice/.

JANUARY 18, 2024

For the sake of the names we have held in prayer.
For the sake of the names we will never hear.
For the sake of the lives of the people who were known by these names.
For the sake of all our children and all of us, whose futures are inextricably linked.
For the sake of the necessary work to be done for all your children.
For the sake of the one whose sacrificial love redefines our understanding of divinity and discloses the meaning of our humanity.
We pray, we act, we live. Amen.

Concluding Blessing of a Prayer of Lament and Confession, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN, page 6, https://www.secondchurch.org/attachments/Prayer%20Liturgy%20-%20June%202020.pdf.

JANUARY 19, 2024

Loving God of all people, we began this week in gratitude and contemplation of a modern prophet, who like prophets from all time, made us think about uncomfortable truths and challenged us to envision a more loving way to live this life you have given us. While we confess the ongoing need for such prophets to speak plainly, we also give thanks once more for the courage and the witness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and those he has inspired to speak plainly to this day.

Forgive us when we try to twist his words to imply that he wanted to do away with the diversity of culture and tradition, insinuating that by “content of character,” he meant folks just like me. Help us honor his legacy by believing in the possibility of beloved community and giving space to all people in the glory of their differences and the wonder of their uniqueness; help us learn to see them as the glorious palette of color and beauty that you have created. Let us see all the people as beautiful because each carries an aspect of the Imago Dei. And we are humbled and blessed by that. Amen.

Derek Weber, January 2024

JANUARY 22, 2024

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,

Creator, forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,

Creator, forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,

Creator, forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,

Creator, forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,

Creator, forgive.

The lust which dishonors the bodies of men, women and children,

Creator, forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,

Creator, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Amen.

“The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation,” Contemplative Prayer to End Racism, https://mailchi.mp/4e180cce00b0/catholic-worker-movementpillar1-prayer-and-the-eucharist?fbclid=IwAR25yPGlpz5nkV29h-MkXO2yuX_9jvzOuqZ5UsyA1Ue9we7xhyxBVeQtPVk.

JANUARY 23, 2024

God, we confess that sometimes we close windows against the fresh air of new ideas, against the noise of other people’s worries, against the winds of change. God, we confess that we often draw the curtains against people who are different, against world news or community concerns. Forgive us our insulation within comfortable places and the security systems on our hearts. Open up our lives. Amen.

“Prayer of Longing,” Exploring Antiracism: Welcome to the Table (July 18, 2021), the People’s Congregational Church, Bayport, MN, page 2, https://peoplescongregational.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/7-18-2021-Bulletin.pdf.

JANUARY 24, 2024

Dear God, I trust your Spirit to guide us in our common life and enlighten us to the injustices of white privilege in this country. Make our common prayers occasions for your Spirit to break into our hearts and lives, that we may finally see our world with a glimpse of your love and light. I pray that we may all be healed of our hurts and divisions, so that we may become agents of the reconciliation and peace that you desire for this world. This is my prayer.

Amen.

Excerpted from Rainey G. Dankel, “A Prayer on Privilege,” Beloved Journey, https://edlibelovedjourney.org/whiteprivilege.

JANUARY 25, 2024

God of Heaven and Earth,

You created the one human family and endowed each person with great dignity. Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of racism.

Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight from our hearts, our communities, our social and civil institutions. Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor so that we may work with you in healing our land from racial injustice.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Closing Prayer from A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land, https://www.usccb.org/resources/prayer-service-racial-healing-our-land. Copyright © 2018, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

JANUARY 26, 2024

Hating ourselves. We are only hating ourselves.

O God from whom all people have come into being, you created us to be one. You asked us to see what unites us, what we share in common. You gave us resources and wisdom; you gave us what we need to thrive and grow and fulfill all the potential that you have placed within us. You created all we see and called it good.

And we drew lines. We called some lesser and some weaker. We began to take the “we” you created and became an “us” and a “them.” We looked down on some of your creation; we pushed them to the margins, and we began to hate them—the other, the stranger, the one not like us—not realizing that we were only hating ourselves.

Help us, God of oneness. Help us see with your eyes. Help us see ourselves in the faces of the other; help us heal what has been broken and overcome the hatred that lives in hidden places in our hearts. We ask for a renewal—a new year of hope and possibility. Help us be the people who bring glory to your name by loving one another as you have loved us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Derek Weber, January 2024

JANUARY 29, 2024

“Creator of all people, in our amazing diversity of size, shape, color, and giftedness: guide us, by your grace, to recognize the beauty and fitness of all whom you have made in your own image. Give us gifts of humility and generosity of spirit to recognize in all people, the face of our Savior, Jesus, and to practice his commandment to ‘love one another,’ toward the end of bringing harmony and peace among persons of all colors, origins, and abilities, for the sake of your Kingdom.” Amen.

“Prayer for Racial Harmony,” A Year of Prayers to End Racism, the Diocessan Commission to End Racism, pages 1-2, https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/08/AYearofPrayertoEndRacism.pdf.

JANUARY 30, 2024

Wonderful Creator God,

Through scripture, you assure us:
That although we may consider outward appearances
You do not — It is the heart that you consider.

Through the psalms, you tell us:
That although we may pre-judge others,
We are wonderfully made,
Lovingly stitched,
In your tapestry of love.

We are each of us wonderful and beautiful.
Help us remember that.
And to accept responsibility when our failure to recognise your love in others causes harm.
Help us to love ourselves as you love us.

Amen.

A Prayer for Anti-Racism, the United Church of Canada, https://united-church.ca/prayers/prayer-anti-racism.

JANUARY 31, 2024

Lord, we thank you for the increasing number of children’s books with diverse characters and storylines. We pray that all children in school will see people of their backgrounds and cultures presented positively in their classrooms.

Racial Justice Prayers, Church of the Servant, February 2023, https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/february-2023-anti-racism-prayer-calendar/.

FEBRUARY 1, 2024

Creator,

You who with a breath fills us with your Spirit, we thank you for the prophetic life and witness of Dr. King who reminds us that “history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Silence is betrayal, and we confess that we have allowed fear to silence us for too long. We have allowed fear to let us wait for a “more convenient season” and not name the sins of our nation, our denomination, and especially our own faith tradition. We have been silent as white supremacy and power; Christian nationalism and jingoistic idolatry have been given the place of honor at the table.

We know that “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” and so we, in our confession, ask also for the strength and the courage to straighten our backs as we work for justice. Give us the boldness to take the risks necessary to become the people you are calling us to be; to be the churches you are calling us to be; and to be the denomination you are calling us to be. Give us the drum major instinct.

This we pray in the name of the crucified, risen, and ascended Christ.

Amen

Prayer for Truth and Action from the ABC Anti-Racism Task Force, American Baptist Churches, Rev. Dr. Natalie C. Wimberly, co-chair, Rev. Justin Thornburgh, co-chair, https://www.abc-usa.org/2021/01/prayer-for-truth-and-action-from-the-abc-anti-racism-task-force/.

FEBRUARY 2, 2024

God of Day light and Dark of night, God of Sunshine and of Cloud,

This is a day when we hope for less light. Does that seem strange? It does to me. Whether we are observing Candlemas (the Mass of the Candles and the Presentation in the Temple) or Groundhog’s Day, we are hoping for an end to winter and a lack of shadows. An odd observance, to be sure.

Winter can be an inconvenience for some, but deadly for others. Perhaps we should hope for an end to homelessness instead of winter. Perhaps we should pray for - work for - advocate for—an end to the marginalization that causes many to sleep on the streets or in doorways or alleys. Help us see beyond the shadows of poverty into the spring of community and support. Let us build a world of sunshine and respect, of warmth and sustenance that all might be gathered up in safety and security and abundance. Amen.

Derek Weber, January 2024

FEBRUARY 5, 2024

God of Eternity and Now, today would have been my mother’s ninety-fifth birthday. I miss her and honor her today. She was a shining example of what it means to love one’s neighbor in real life. Though she grew up in the segregated south, she chose to love rather than hate, to accept rather than fear, to worship with rather than separate. I was blessed to be taught about community by her. Thank you for the gift of my mother. Now help me, as you help us all, continue to grow as the united people you have called us to be. Help us to face our past with honesty and embrace our future with hope, even as we live in the present with a determination for justice. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

Derek Weber, January 2024

FEBRUARY 6, 2024

Leader: Father of the Heavenly Lights, you brought us to life by your Word of truth,

People: We were made in your image, sons and daughters of all colors.

L: The cancerous wickedness of racism has caused your children to suffer. Prejudice, discrimination, and hatred have led to brokenness, violence, and even death.

P: We confess that we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have allowed the sin of racism to divide us in what we have done and what we have not done; what we have said and what we have not said.

L: Purify our hearts and tame our tongues, we pray;

P: Give us courage to repent, to fight for righteousness, and to love and embrace one another…

L: In the name of Jesus, Our Lord…

All: Amen

“Litany of Confession,” Rev. Rhea Summit, Pastor, New Alexandria UMC, cited in Anti-Racism Worship Resources, Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, https://www.wpaumc.org/antiracismworshipresources.

FEBRUARY 7, 2024

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Prayer for Social Justice,” page 1, Weekly Prayers, Christ Church Episcopal, Anchorage, Alaska, https://www.christchurchanchorage.org/weekly%20prayers.pdf.

FEBRUARY 8, 2024

Gracious God, you created all of us in your image. Open our hearts and minds to this reality. Let us recognize that we are all Your beloved sons and daughters.

You are community: Father, Son, and Spirit. Help us to foster community in our neighborhoods. Teach us to be one as you are one. Teach us to love as you love.

Open our eyes to the sin of racism. Show us where it exists in our society. Please grant us the courage to denounce it, but always with a loving heart like yours.

Enlighten our minds to be aware of our own weaknesses and gently teach us not to act out of our own biases. Teach us to celebrate our differences and to see diversity as strength.

Please grant us the grace to work together for an end to racism in our world. We long to live together in your kingdom as brothers and sisters.

Amen.

“Prayer for an End to Racism,” Young Catholics, https://young-catholics.com/1649/prayer-to-end-racism/.

FEBRUARY 9, 2024

Save us, O God, from ourselves,
from racism often cloaked in pious words,
from the machinations of white supremacy hidden in calls for civility,
from micro aggressions thinly veiled in arrogance,
from apologies when they don’t give way to action,
from forgiveness without facing the truth,
from reconciliation without reparation.

Deliver us, O God, from expecting siblings of color to continue to bear this emotional work, which is not theirs to do.

Grateful for the long arc that bends toward justice, we pray:
Grant us wisdom, give us courage for the facing of these days,
by the power of the Spirit, all for the sake of the kin-dom that we share in Christ Jesus.

Amen.

“A Prayer for Racial Justice,” Worship Resources for the Day of Racial Healing, pages 5-6, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Worship_Resources_for_Day_of_Racial_Healing.pdf.

FEBRUARY 12, 2024

God of history and God of now,

Today we remember one of this country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. He is remembered for many things, but one thing rises above the rest, and that is the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the freeing of the people enslaved. We know this document did not immediately solve all the problems and did not immediately give freedom and equality and justice to those who had so long suffered the abuse of a system of oppression based on skin color. And thanks to historians, we also know that Lincoln himself did not fully believe in equality and was working to save a nation more than a people. Yet he worked for the right thing. He moved toward justice, even with a limited vision.

What does that say about us, God who knows our hearts even better than we do? Can we move toward justice even with hesitations and fear? Can we work for equality even with questions and uncertainties? Of course, we want our hearts to be right. But maybe it is in the doing that we shape our hearts according to the vision of kin-dom that you have established. Maybe it is in the searching, the inviting, the hospitality, the reaching out that we are finally able to create beloved community. We can’t wait until all the questions are answered and all the fears resolved. Help us step forward beyond our hearts to work for justice for all. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Derek Weber, February 2024

FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, God of times and seasons. It is a day when we prepare for a fast to come by eating to excess. Well, maybe that is not exactly what we will do, but it seems built into our patterns of behavior. It is good to remove the temptations that are before us. But perhaps we ought to consider how we remove the fat on this “Fat Tuesday.” Or we should consider what fat we should remove to move into our Lenten journey more honestly. Maybe the fat we should get rid of is the fat of our prejudice, of our fear and hatred of the other. Maybe we should give up the fat of our privilege or our tendency to let things be rather than work for justice and advocate for change. Maybe this final celebration before we examine our souls during the season of Lent should be one that says goodbye to all that keeps us from living in community. Help us, God of surrender and of transformation, rid of everything that does not allow your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Let that be our prayer this Mardi Gras. Amen.

Derek Weber, February 2024

FEBRUARY 14, 2024

Remember that you are dust.

God of truth and of eternity,

Ash Wednesday is a hard day. Mortality is something we prefer to ignore. Sinfulness too. This is exactly why we need this season, why we need this examination. Rather than passing over the opportunity to ask deep questions about the state of our souls, may we hold up our lives, our thoughts, our deeds, our hopes and our prayers against the vision of your kin-dom. May we ask the hard questions about the justice we work for and the unity we pray for during this Lenten season. Let us ask whom we overlook and whom we ignore as we seek to build up your church and our own discipleship. May we, this hard day and hard season, be aware of our limitations and our need for a savior, and may we walk with Jesus to the cross and beyond. In his holy name, we pray. Amen.

Derek Weber, February 2024

FEBRUARY 15, 2024

Just like moons and like suns, /
With the certainty of tides, /
Just like hopes springing high, /
Still I’ll rise.

- Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise”

God of the moon and stars, help us rise above divisiveness and hate. As we rise, let us lead the way for others to rise alongside us.

Sojourners “Verse and Voice” daily email, https://sojo.net/daily-wisdom/latest.

FEBRUARY 16, 2024

Battered, Broken, Betrayed.
I stand Before you
Between the lines
Breathe on me Breath of God

Because I have Betrayed
My Brother and sister
By my silence
Breathe on me Breath of God

But what is Breath
when it is stolen
Humanity Beyond recognition
Buried in Blood

Bring us transformation
Beauty for Brokenness
Expose me for my blindness
Breathe on me the breath to see

Be Brave and Bold
Beyond what others can see
So when I can’t Breathe
God Breathe on me

When I cannot see my Betrayal
Bring me to the light
I Beg for the wisdom to Be Better
Bless me with the strength
to never stop Becoming

Beyond the patience to listen
Bring me into action
I can’t Breath
So God, Breathe through me

Leah Wenger, “Breathe on Me, Prayers of Lament: Responding to the Violence of Racism,” Mennonite Church USA, https://www.mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/lament-violence-of-racism/.

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