"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

2.14.2008

shock us into reality


Justice

Disturbing God,

When we forget that you created each person in your image,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

When we impose our own will over those already oppressed,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

When we increase the volume of self-serving speech while others have no voice,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

When we are silent in the presence of enemies of peace,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

When we fail to make room for the needs of others in our familiar places,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

When we turn our backs on the pain of others rather than walk with them toward their healing,
shock us into the reality of your justice for all people.

Disturb us with your unguarded compassion until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

- Sharlande Sledge in Prayers & Litanies for the Christian Seasons
(photo: AH, Masisi, DR Congo, 2006)

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