Be Reconciled: A Litany Based on 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
One: David did not rejoice at the fall of his enemies. When Saul died, David led the nation in honoring the fallen leader. Today, we commit ourselves to walk in the ways of God concerning those who trouble us, who have injured us in some way, who meant us harm.
One: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44)
Many: teach us, O God, to love those who persecute us, even as we resist the evil they do.
One: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (Luke 6:27)
Many: Lord, teach us how to build bridges when we would rather dig a ditch!
One: But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. (Luke 6:35)
Many: Give us wisdom as we seek to remain in relationship with those with whom we disagree.
All: Loving God, cleanse us of any need for retaliation, or triumph, as we work for harmony and peace.