Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
We lit candles and stood on the street corner underneath a starry sky. We said his name so his mama, God, and every person walking by would know that he was a masterpiece. Because when we lose something priceless, something valued beyond measure, we hold it up and publicly bear witness to its value. We bear witness to the truth that when a life is taken, we are made all the poorer.
—Diana Oestreich with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
Today, how can you honor the life of someone you’ve lost? Join the conversation.
“Before I created you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I set you apart;
I made you a prophet to the nations.”
—Jeremiah 1:5 (CEB)
ONE: Make us lion-hearted, roaring at the acts of violence around us,
More dedicated to the common good than our own preservation.
May we learn to place those who are hurting first and ourselves second.
ALL: In your mercy, make us brave again.
ONE: Make us mercy, calling to those committing the violence.
Like lost lambs living in darkness, drinking bitterness, disconnected from
their true selves,
May we call them back to the fold, shouting loudly that they are created for
life, not death;
Kinship, not killing; love, not hate.
ALL: In your love, make us family again.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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