Dear Friends,Our hearts break for Muslim communities of faith all around the world. We must work to end hatred and violence. Tomorrow I will be preaching on the Lord's Prayer: "Deliver Us from Evil." We must pray that God will indeed deliver our world from the evil of white supremacy and all hatred that poisons our global community.
I share with you this prayer from Reformed Judaism as well:
Oh people of conscience,Cry out.Cry out against arrogance.Cry out against hatred and anger.Cry out against violence and oppression.For God requires us to standIn the name of justice and freedom,For God requires us to oppose terror,To muster our power and energyAgainst racist aggressionAnd to protect all houses of prayer.Oh God,We implore You,Look down upon the sufferingPerpetrated against churches, mosques and synagogues,Against houses of worship in so many lands,By the hand of wickedness,By the hand of malevolence,By the hand of ignorance and sin.Today we remember, with sadness, the attacks on the mosques in Christchurch, NZ.And the loss of precious life.With Your gentle and loving hand,God of Shelter,Unite all of your childrenUnder Your canopy of hope and love.Bring the light of salvation and healingTo the four corners of the earth.