In a culture filled with divisiveness, disconnectedness and domination,
we pause for a moment of centered cosmic Christian connection that will bring wholeness and healing to ourselves and our world.
O God, liberate us from the domination of individual and institutional violence. Liberate us for the ministry of deliverance to the captives within and without. Liberate us from a self-centered spiritual materialism and liberate us to serve the present age. Liberate us from building our kingdoms and liberate us for the Kingdom of God. *
—Frank Madison Reid III
“A Prayer for Liberation That Leads To Liberating Love” *
Fix me so that I can walk on a little longer
Fix me so that I can pray on just a little bit harder.
Fix me so that I can sing on just a little bit louder.
Fix me so that I can go on despite the pain, the fear, the doubt, and yes, the anger.
I ask not that you take this cross from me, only that you
Give me the strength to continue carrying it onward ‘til my dying day. Oh, fix me, Jesus, fix me.
— “Fix Me, Jesus, Fix Me” African-American Spiritual*
*Standing In The Need of Prayer: A Celebration of Black Prayer
Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erroring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.