I had another prayer scheduled to post yesterday. Instead today I offer some suggestions for people to read/follow/listen to (#amplifymelanatedvoices) and a prayer of confession.
Terri Hord Owens (General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Facebook
Dr. Dara Cobb Facebook (The Devoted Life)
Prayers from Terry Instagram
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
A Prayer of Confession: Racism
God of justice,
We come before you too late
with hearts heavy and sadden by the long history of injustice that has occurred
while we sat silent, as we turned away.
For ways we have perpetuated microaggressions and systematic oppression,
and allowed ingrained fear to shape our behaviors and judgments,
For times we have replied to another's pain and anguish and cry for justice
with "but..." or "if only..."
we seek forgiveness.
For ways the systems we support, work and live within
treat Black people, all people of color as less than wholly your beloved children
we confess our complicity and our silence.
For moments when we have centered our guilt and our pain
over the experiences and work of those most affected,
we step aside and create space for other voices.
We trust in the power of your forgiveness
and also know the work does not end here.
There are policies to change, restitution to be made.
Stir within us courage to speak up and out against racism and oppression
More importantly, help us to listen well to the stories of others.
Let what we learn and hear change us,
so we may work together to change our communities and our country.
In places we have power,
may we use it for peacemaking (not just peacekeeping), for justice, for love.
May we step aside so others may be empowered.
Our confession and our prayers do not stop here.
Let them be the life we live and not just the words we say.
May it be so.
Black Lives Matter.
June 1, 2020