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Prayer After Charlottesville

Education for Justice | Tue, Aug 15, 2017

By Jane Deren, Ph.D.
Source: Education for Justice
After the recent acts of racism in Charlottesville, Virginia, we pray that we may find ways to move forward towards the light, not back into the the shadows of hatred and violence. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.
Oh God, with anguish We pray that we may find ways To move forward towards the light. Not back into the the shadows Of hatred, violence, And the silence that protects it. We pray for the wisdom To know how to move ahead. We recognize that evil Can overtake a nation, As history reveals; We recognize too that Reconciliation is possible, That peace can flourish Where once hate and violence reigned. We pray that all citizens of good will Speak out again and again So the sound of Your justice Drowns out the cries of hatred, The deafening silence that protects it. May we as a nation form a circle, Inclusive, with no top or bottom, Where we can welcome everyone With outstretched hands. May our circle grow ever larger, More hands open, holding another’s palm, Realizing we are holding on to the hope Pope Francis calls us to If we can see we are all connected. Amen.
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