Sunday, January 01, 2012

Prayer for a New Society (ie The Kingdom of God)

All nourishing God, your children cry for help
Against the violence of our world
Where children starve for bread and feed on weapons
Starve for vision and feed on drugs
Starve for love and feed on videos
Starve for peace and die murdered in our streets

Creator God, timeless preserver of resources
Forgive us for the gifts that we have wasted
Renew for us what seems beyond redemption
Call order and beauty to emerge again from chaos.
Convert our destructive power into creative services
Help us to heal the woundedness of our world.

Abiding God, loving renewer of the human spirit,
Unfold our violent fists into peaceful hands
Stretch our sense of family to include our neighbors
Stretch our sense of neighbor to include our enemies
Until our response to you finally respects and embraces
All creation as precious sacraments of your presence.
Hear the prayer of all your starving children.  Amen.

                                             --PaxChristi USA