O God, We Pray This Day

Oh God, we pray this day for all who have a song
they cannot sing,
for all who have a burden
they cannot bear,
for all who live in chains
they cannot break,
for all who wander homeless
and cannot return,
for those who are sick and
for those who tend them,
for those who wait for loved ones
and wait in vain,
for those who live in hunger
and for those who will not share their bread,
for those who are misunderstood
and for those who misunderstand,
for those whose words of love
are locked within their hearts
and for those who yearn to hear those words.

God, we pray that our eyes will be opened
and our hearts lifted up.
May we accept the life you offer us
and in turn show forth the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Take us by the hand and free us to walk in confidence.
Give us hearts big enough to embrace our sisters
and brothers as Christ has embraced us.    Amen.

~ by Cynthia O’Brien


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