by Rev. Dr Laurie A. Kraus, coordinator for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and friend of Pine Shores.This prayer is adapted for the recent shootings in Atlanta and Boulder.

“God of justice, who sees into the hearts of all, your Light outshines the feeble flicker of the torches of hatred. Your goodness is greater than evil, your love compels us to break the silence, to speak the truth and to confess our sin. In the face of this continuing unraveling of the fabric of our common life may our ears be closed to the ugly diatribes of racists and the weak excuses of the fearful. May we have ears to hear the stories of our neighbors of color, the respect to wait and listen as each story is told in its own voice. May we find the courage to acknowledge our privilege and our complicity in the evils of racism, and not to cease our striving for equality until justice rolls down like waters. Our shoulders are bowed beneath the weight of our sorrow, our hands reach out to grasp a justice that seems illusory. Our hearts cry for a peace that seems so far off. Our voices are hoarse, thick with tears, as we pray for a way forward for all of your children. A way beyond racism and violence and privilege. For the courage to change ourselves and our land. For faith and action that can bind us together. We pray for our neighbors in Atlanta and Boulder, grateful for their solidarity and courage in the face of evil. For neighbors of every race, and people of all professions as they gathered to rebuke the powers of evil. We pray for comfort for families that now grieve unbearable losses. For individuals who are wounded and broken in body or spirit. May your Spirit rise with healing in its wings and bring strength and wholeness to each. We pray for ourselves, that this hurt will not fade from our minds before our hearts are broken open with Your passion for justice, mercy and love.  Show up among us in our cities, our neighbors, and our wary, worried hearts.  A Stranger without privilege or place… A Justice beyond hope… A Peace that passes understanding–Emmanuel, God with us. In the name of your broken and resurrected son Jesus, we pray.  Amen.
Please register for The Nehemiah Action Assembly to be held on Monday, Mar 29, 2021, at 6:30 PM. Go to www.pineshorespres.org – look for the SURE box in Events and Ministries to register or you can scroll down to the bottom of this egram and click the link on the Nehemiah Action Zoom Meeting.
 
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
 
Reflection Questions:
What worries you?
What does peace that passes all understanding mean to you?
What requests do you need to offer to God?

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