Oh God, we have had the wind knocked out of us. We have been knocked to our knees by violence. We are mourning.
How can we take another step without you?
God give us patience. We know that non-violent changes take time.
Are we listening to all the voices at the table – even those that oppose us?
God give us wisdom. People have always gotten scared and angry. People have always lashed out.
Are we open to change?
God give us compassion. Violence is timeless.
Are we giving solace to the victims and finding a way of justice for those who are marginalized?
God give us courage. Giving birth to change is scary.
Are we standing together against the ways that need to be changed?
God give us perseverance. Over and over and over again. Oh please God, give us the strength to keep on going.
Are we tending to our minds, bodies, and souls so we have the strength to keep running this marathon?
God give us – as impossible as it might seem – love for all our siblings. Amen.
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NRSV)
Prayer by Lynn Willis, Spiritual Guide – LEAD
Image by Vonda Drees, Co-director – Grunewald Guild