In the past few days especially, there has been an increase in awareness of the true impact of white supremacy and racial oppression in the United States. As we seek to be anti-racist in our words and in our actions, there will be times when we will make mistakes and others will correct us. This is part of the work. For those times when we are called in and asked to do things differently, let us pray.
For an explanation of being "called in" -
You have loved and called flawed people from the very beginning.
I have tried to be an advocate, an ally,
a co-conspirator for justice.
I made a mistake.
Like many, I want to be acknowledged for my work.
Instead others had to teach me more
and correct my efforts, my words, my actions.
In this moment
I feel shame, embarrassment, despair,
I am even angry.
I admit I want to quit trying, to give up,
the work is too hard.
Change my heart O God
Help me understand my mistake-
and help me change.
Give me courage to sit in this discomfort,
to continue to listen and learn and do the work.
My black siblings, my immigrant siblings,
face dangers and pain
magnitudes greater than this shame I feel today.
Today I made a mistake.
I give thanks for those willing to call me in.
More than my words,
may my actions reflect my commitment
to this work,
to doing better
to not stop trying
to have difficult conversations
to advocate for substantial and lasting change
Transform my shame and guilt
into useful energy
for the good of others.
With assurance of your forgiveness
and the chance to try again
June 1, 2020