Using words from Terri Hord Owens, USA
God of Love,
our hearts break at the recent violence in Charlottesville
the loss of life,
the dishonoring of children of God,
the vile insults hurled
and the wounds of history reopened.
We pray for the family of Heather Heyer who died
and all the wounded.
We pray in praise of the peaceful demonstrators.
Guide our feet and minds that we do not take backward steps fueled by hatred.
Guide our mouths and hearts that we do not remain silent when the humanity of black persons is being assaulted and terrorized.
Convict us anew to follow Christ’s commandment.
Hold us to account.
“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars;
for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen,
cannot love God whom they have not seen.
The commandment we have from him is this:
those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”*
Strengthen us to love one another as we love you.
With such love, we are compelled to stand for justice, and walk in peace.
*1 John 4:20
Terri is the newly elected (July 2017) General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) USA.
The photos are from her induction at the International Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Click here to learn more about Heather Heyer whose life was taken at Charlottesville.