Prayers For Racial Reconciliation

The following was sent to the core team of Woven Covenant Church the morning after the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

Good morning Woven core team.

Last night there were some events in our nation that reveal the deep woundedness in our communities. As a multiethnic church, I ask that we lay aside personal prejudices and opinions today and pray for racial healing and reconciliation. Let us also pray for our servicemen and women in uniform today. Please pray with me:

The Set Aside Prayer:

“Dear God please help me to set aside everything I think I know about [people. place or thing] so I may have an open mind and a new experience.  Please help me to see the truth about [people. place or thing]. Amen.”

Prayer for a Better Way:

“God, please show me how to find the way of Patience, Tolerance, Kindness and Love in my heart, my Mind and my Soul. Lord, show me how to demonstrate these principles to all those around me. Amen.”

Prayer of Radical Acceptance:

God, help me to practice radical acceptance today. To receive whatever and whomever comes my way. To resist nothing. To turn my cheek, to give my cloak. To take no offense at offense. Only then will I be open, only then can I meet You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And so we pray for those hurting in our nation today, as well as those who serve our communities to keep it safe.

I pray we can use these prayers as a Way to greater openness and to allow Christ to show us a better Way forward.

Published by Wayne Park

Asian-American clergyman thinking about issues of faith, place, race and culture-making in the vast city of Houston, TX

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