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Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
How long, O Lord, how long?
How long must we see the other as enemy,
As someone whose life is less than our own,
Rather than as brother or sister?
How long, O Lord, how long
Will we allow wounds to fester
Rather than applying the healing balm
Of recognition of pain and suffering,
Of deep and authentic reconciliation?
We have much to learn, and little time.
Move us from old ideas of who “the other” may be;
Move us to look with new eyes
To see the entangled roots of violence,
To see the humanity behind the anger.
O God of peace, hear our cries.
Forgive us, open our minds and hearts,
Give us your mercy
So we may bring an end to
This seemingly endless violence.
In Your ways are peace;
May we all hasten
To follow Your call
To become peacemakers
In the here and the now.
~ Jane Deren
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