Prayer for Unity

Psalm 133:1 (NRSV)
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

The response to injustice is to share.
The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity.
– L’Arche Founder Jean Vanier, Community and Growth

This week closes in the shadows of fear: fear of those who are different,
fear of losing power, fear of not having enough…

These fears are seen in the ways political candidates speak of one another, in the struggles of Syria and so many other countries, in the encounter of Martin and Zimmerman. These fears were all made real in the brokenness of my denomination as the governing body met this week. The most painful day fell on the National Day of Prayer.

I long for our congregations, neighborhoods and nation to experience the unity described in this psalm. Unity is unique in our self exalting, win-lose society. Yet when it is born, it is quickly recognized as precious and pleasing. Its abundant blessing pervades and invades in the life giving ways of God.

Let us seek it together in word, action and prayer.

Holy God, One yet Three, reach into the abundance of Your companionship and bring forth unity and healing. Bring it forth in our land and all the nations of the world. Bring it forth in places of power and places of great need. Bring it forth in Your people. Pour out peace on violent homes and hearts. Shower compassion on selfish and short sighted motives. Rain down love and understanding so all are covered in Your blessing and harmony and life, forevermore… forevermore. Amen.

Our separateness is the most seductive illusion.
God’s one kiss awakens us.
You are one with the stranger, the enemy,
the very ones you distance yourself from.
Their blood runs in your veins,
your dreams haunt them.
We breathe in one another.
One hand holds us all.
– Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Made into One

© 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form

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