Beautiful Diversity — Ben Saunders, USA

Call and Response

One: Humans of God’s creation, we are diverse.

Many: We are beautiful. We are unique. We judge each other’s differences, yet our diversity is an illustration of the infinite mystery of God.

All: The God in me sees the God in you.

One: Humans of God’s creation, we are political.

Many: We are conservative. We are liberal. We are passionate about our views, yet we are complacent in systems of injustice.

All: The God in me hears the God in you.

One: Humans of God’s creation, we have bodies.

Many: We are queer. We are gay. We are straight. We are transgender. We shame each other’s bodies, yet we are all made in the image of God.

All: The God in me loves the God in you.

One: Humans of God’s creation, we are theological.

Many: We are human. We are divine. We often feel alone, yet we are bound by the energy of God.

All: The God in me is the God in you.

Ben Saunders is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School and is currently serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Also, Ben is the co-founder of the Adelicia Company. This prayer was originally published by Peace Prayers, “an effort by Disciples Peace Fellowship to provide pastors and congregations with a peace-themed worship resource each week.”