Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Prayer: Advent 1A, Sixteen Days of Prayer to End Domestic Violence


(Monsoon sunset: photo by mompriest)

May we walk in the light of God
Who calls people of all nations
To turn their swords into plowshares
To turn their anger into gentleness
To waken to a new way of living

May we walk in the light of God
Who calls people of every house
To turn their anger into gentleness
To take closed fists and open them
Open hands of grace and peace
Awakening to a new way of loving

Guide our human love of sport
Especially football, statistically
Associated with inebriated violence
in homes, sport turned to fists
Fists turned to faces, women, broken
May our choices keep all safe

Pray for those who suffer from
All forms of violence and abuse
Pray for the power of God to
Prevail at an unexpected hour
To rise, the arbitrator of grace
Awakening new life, new hope

May we walk in the light of God
And create a world where women
Are not beaten, girls not abused
Men who waken to the love of God
Immanuel, God with us
Immanuel, God love us

May we walk in the light of God.


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More on Sixteen Days of Prayer to End Domestic Violence HERE This prayer was originally written for and is published here

2 comments:

Gaye said...

Curious how no one wants to comment on domestic violence, or this awesome prayer. But then that is domestic violence. A hidden secret shame that no one wants to acknowledge happens in their circle.

Thank you for being clear about it without being overly dramatic.

Terri said...

And yet the article I wrote on the domestic violence workshop "Not In Our Pews" got lot of hits from search engines and is one of my most read posts....

It's a curious process using scripture, specified by the revised common lectionary for the day, to build the foundation of these prayers - and crafting them to this particular topic as well as Advent 1. I'm grateful, Gaye that you find the prayer clear without being overly dramtic - in this one of four Advent/DV prayers I probably push the envelope the most. We'll see if there is any response to the next three...

Thank you.

I will with God's help....uncomplicating the complicated

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