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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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