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There was a small circle of chairs labeled “Worship Here” in the middle of the Gathering check‐in. This prayer came to me in that worship space.

We are in a time of sorrow,
a time of anger & frustration,
of violence & death.

Millions live in shadows, in hiding,
in shame & terror & humiliation.

Thousands die each day
of hunger & exhaustion,
unnecessary disease, bullets & bombs.

Many are poor & oppressed,
the outcast, the stranger in our midst.

With each death our hearts are
hardened a little more,
and little‐by‐little we withdraw

Until only a Paris or Brussels,
a San Bernardino or Orlando
—People like us—
Can stir our grief.

Pray with me, Friends:

Beloved! Sweeten us, tender us,
soften our hearts,
Give us back our tears.

Give us the confidence to be humble,
the courage to be faithful,
the wisdom to be bold.

Paul Buckley lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Posted in: September 2016

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