For the hurting

         I have had enough of your sacrifices.          Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice:          rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.                   —Isaiah 1.11, 17

God, I confess how much of my faith is for me alone, and does not care for the poor and the lonely.

Burn a place in my heart for the hurting. Take my prayer and give it to them.

Divide my faith between me and those who doubt. Split my assurance with those who despair.

Share my joy with the oppressed, and my hope with the abused.

May all I believe, all I do, all I pray be for the sake of your beloved who hurt the most.

May my prayer disturb me until it leads to action, to work and witness for justice, to change the world.

God of love and justice, give me courage rather than peace, compassion rather than comfort, earth rather than heaven.

With Christ, I ask you, God: save me last.

____________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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