Lord of justice and mercy,
You, who created all of us in your diverse and beautiful image;
You, who spoke in a great wind to all tribes and nations;
You, who taught us love in human form.
Bless the grieving,
Who cry because their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers did not make it home,
Whose tears beg to be seen, whose cries beg to be heard, and whose names must be said:
George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, images of God whose humanity was cut from them.
Bless the protester.
Who chants for justice and peace as they shout, “I can’t breathe.”
Who stands united against hatred and apathy, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot.”
Who gathers armed not with weapons or bricks but with non-violent presence forged by love.
Bless the police officer.
Who stands there, staring off into a happier place as vitriol and rage assault,
Who takes the knee to ask for forgiveness for crimes of others who have shamed the badge,
Who hold accountable not just looters and opportunists
but also those who abuse entrusted power, putting their knee on the neck of humanity.
Teach us love.
Blow your wind across this land.
Show us that we are not fully recreated in your image until we see you in one another.
Send justice, send mercy. Amen.
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