Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 5/25

we're all champions of human rights
on a global scale
but we often deny a fair hearing
and the right to a good reputation
to a coworker or neighbor
by our side and next door...

We're all for transparency
in the government and work place
but in our families and at school,
in town and at work,
we hide the truth of what we think
and scheme and plot
in nasty, petty ways...

We want peace now,
we pray for peace now
while we wage little wars
and betray one another
to protect our space,
our line in the sand, drawn
to keep others out
and ourselves safe inside...

We preach your love, Lord,
we teach and proclaim it
we give our lives to it,
yet still, so often, we fail to love those
who share in our work, the work of the gospel,
the word of your mercy and love...

Forgive us, Lord,
help us fight for what's right
and first for the rights of others...

Make us transparent in our words and deeds,
that all might see what's in our hearts
and on seeing, find cause to rejoice...

Make us peacemakers, Lord,
laying down the arms
of our childish tantrums,
and surrendering, as grownups,
to what's honest, mature and fair...

Make us one, Lord,
make us whole,
lest divided, alone,
we abandon your work...

Unite us, Lord,
we who share one faith,
who share in your work,
who profess our belief
that you're our brother:
so sisters and brothers are we,
one and all,
in the peace of your holy life-giving name...



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