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Justice Prayer


 

How can we break bread
and not remember those
who have no bread?
  How can we meet together  
and not remember those
separated from their families and friends?
  How can we shelter here
and not remember those
whose only shelter is a refugee camp or cardboard box?
  How can we speak of peace
and not remember those
whose peace is shattered by constant fear and the rattle of guns?
  How can we sing our hymns
and not remember those
who cannot openly express their religious beliefs?
  How can we offer our gifts
and not remember those
who are caught in the never-ending cycle of poverty and debt?
   How can we pour wine
and not remember those
who are imprisoned by addiction to bottle, needles or pills?
   How can we celebrate
and not remember those
who suffer from depression, mental illness or grief?
God of human experience
 born in a stable in Bethlehem
  Spirit alive in us today
 
In our breaking of bread and pouring of wine,
may we look outwards to the suffering of our world
 remembering the hope of your shalom.
© Clare McBeath and Tim Presswood [From Crumbs of Hope: Prayers from the City Inspire/ MPH, Peterborough UK 2006]
 



Article posted on 20th of January 2010

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