Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Prayer For Civility

Gracious God, we stand before You to ask for healing and forgiveness. Sins of division have disconnected us from civil conversation, from one another, and from You.

Some of us have been hurt by adversarial rhetoric and uncivil conversation. We have felt the sting of pointed comments. We have heard people belittle our deepest passions. We have watched shock jocks become primetime commentators. And in the process, we get harmed and forget that we are made in Your sacred image, Holy One. For this, we ask for healing.

Some of us have hurt others by using adversarial rhetoric and uncivil remarks. We have made pointed comments. We have belittled the beliefs of others. We have tuned in to watch shock jocks, giving them an audience. And in the process, we have harmed others and cause others to forget that they are made in Your sacred image, Holy One. For this, we ask for forgiveness.

Some of us have been left with disillusionment by what has happened to Barack Obama as he became president. We have seen his post-partisanship chewed up and spit out. We have seen lobbyists mute the voice of voters. We have seen polemic rhetoric and sound-bites drown out the nuance and beauty of real dialogue. And in the midst of this disillusionment, we forget that Your will for us is to have complete joy and abundant life, Loving God. For this, we ask for healing.

Some of us have been lured into the cyclone of cable news. We listen to their sound-bites. We repeat their talking points. We share their alarmist stories. And in the midst of this cacophony, we fail to hear Your voice of wisdom, Loving God. For this, we ask for forgiveness.

Gracious God, please forgive what needs to be forgiven, so we can start afresh on the path to civility. And please heal what needs to be healed, so we can be connected more deeply with one another and with You, Loving God. Weave us together into a beautiful tapestry of peoples.

Amen!

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