Jan 8, 2012

Prayer for Unity: Listening

Here’s a thoughtful prayer for openness and unity written by Ms. Helen Barron and posted on the No Anglican Covenant: Anglicans for Comprehensive Unity website.

Listening

To hear—really hear—amid the noise

to risk being open to another perspective
amid the impacted certainties
to be able to listen to impassioned pleas
while owning the cries that come from our own hearts.

To hear an argument that does not resonate
disagree, if that be our call,
without demeaning the bearer of the words.

Amid the colliding words
injured by the words
injuring with our words:

help us to hear
your
Words.

Amen.

— written by Ms. Helen Barron, and published in Women’s Uncommon Prayers, Morehouse Publishing, 2000.  Posted on the No Anglican Covenant: Anglicans for Comprehensive Unity website. 

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