A Prayer After Charlottesville Aug25


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A Prayer After Charlottesville

A number of folks have emailed me of late with requests for resources for their congregations during this turbulent time. At this point, it’s hard to answer all emails (though I try!), but I will share when I can things I’ve found or created. Below is a prayer we used in our congregation last week that I modeled after St. Francis’ “Peace Prayer.” Use and/or adapt it as you find helpful and, as always, feel free to share resources you’ve found helpful in the comments.


A Prayer after Charlottesville, based in part on St. Francis’ “Peace Prayer.”

Lord God, we pray that you would arm us with courage and compassion sufficient to the challenges of these days and make us heralds of your grace and instruments of your peace.

Where is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is harm, let us bring healing;
where there is prejudice and intolerance, let us offer understanding;
where there is enmity, let us be agents of reconciliation;
where there is despair, let us speak hope;
where there is doubt, let us spark faith;
where there is fear, let us kindle courage;
and wherever there is darkness, let us offer the light of your mercy that enlightens the whole world.

Meet us in our fear, Lord God, and embolden us to side always with the defenseless. Protect all who put themselves in harm’s way to keep others safe. Thwart the plans of those who harbor hatred and plot violence. Grant our elected leaders the wisdom to know what it is right and the courage to do it. And bless this nation and people that we might be a blessing to the world you love so much.

This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.