Oh Divine Spirit, in the first chapter of Genesis it is reported that you breathed over waters of chaos and brought forth a new creation. In this time of national chaos, we need you desperately to breathe over us and bring forth something new.
Our national economic inequality causes us to weep with worry. We see adults working full time with two or three jobs just to get by! And in the midst of a pandemic, they must continue to work to survive even as they are vulnerable to disease.
We see structural racism rife in our nation in the economy, in education, in where we live.
We see hungry children struggling to thrive in a nation that is looking away from the next generation.
We see the cracks in our nation’s foundation as individualism runs rampant and our government fails to unite its people.
Oh Spirit! Come! Breathe over these waters of chaos! Break open our hearts to the suffering around us. Open our eyes that we might see with your vision. Birth in us a new creation of compassion so that grounded in community we might be the seeds of your promise. In these challenging times, we beg of you, renew the face of the earth.
CREDIT: Sr. Simone Cambell
God, as our world is on fire, we are desperate for a healing justice unshackled from any industrial complex. Empower us to build new relationships that are intersectional, embodied, and equitable. Strengthen us to also practice the way of healing ourselves as we strive to lead movements for justice, for it is only then that we can be the healing of our collective wounds. Amen.
Credit: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD
God of both Cain and Abel
God the wandering tent dweller
Of Hagar, Leah and Tamar
God of the enslaved,
God of the oppressed,
God, who sends prophets, priests, poets, philosophers and friends to console, council and commune with us
God of the refugee and sex-worker, of the rebel and the murderous adulterer, David
God who longs for justice to flow like rivers and righteousness like a never-ending stream
Take the ordinary offering of our impoverished dreams
Transform and redeem the poverty of our imagination
Give life to our limitations, caused by our own greed
Give quenching hope to the relentless lust for false comfort
Satisfy us only with your love, justice and peace -
With your very self...until
We dream your dreams and share in the work
of making your dreams come true for all creation
Credit: Rev. René August