Jul 30, 2013

Litany: Peace and Healing

Here’s a peace litany written by Scott Douglas and Mary DulabaumIt comes from the Association of Brethren Caregivers.

A Litany of Peace and Healing

Justice and kindness make for peace.
Justice and kindness are for healing the hurts in ourselves,
our relationships, and in the world.

Many people around us and in this world suffer deprivation and persecution.
Creator God, help us prevent suffering where we can
and in ways that show your love for all creation.
Help us to care for those who suffer.

Many people around us and in this world experience hurt,
grief, brokenness, and sorrow.
Loving God, help us to recognize when we are part
of what brings pain, grief, and brokenness to others.
Help us to act in healthy and loving ways
with our friends and neighbors, with strangers and enemies.
Help us to love others as ourselves.
Help us to love ourselves as you love us.

Many people around us and in this world are silent victims
and unable to bring about healing for themselves and their loved ones.
Sustaining God, help us to speak the truth with love and humility.
Help us to advocate for justice for those unable to speak for themselves.
Guide us as we seek ways to bring healing for others
in a world filled with sickness and destruction.
Sustain us with your love and bless us with hope
for times when we feel the job is too big
and the work is never done.

Justice and kindness make for peace and healing.
Dear God, let it begin with me.

~ Scott Douglas and Mary Dulabaum, from the Association of Brethren Caregivers.  Posted on the On Earth Peace website. http://www.onearthpeace.org/