Our hearts are breaking. While we navigate through the fear and fatigue that COVID-19 has brought our communities, the senseless death of George Floyd sparks our attention to the fear and weariness of racism that our brothers and sisters of color endure. The ongoing turmoil in the cities where Presbyterian Homes & Services serves stirs in us uncertainty, confusion and tempts us to remain silent. When grief is so great that we are at a loss for words, where do we turn?
We turn to God’s word. The prophet Micah says, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) With these words we pray:
Righteous God, You call us to do justice. Your justice is inherent in Presbyterian Homes & Services stated value of Operational Integrity, pledging to “do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” Let us feel the awful sting of injustice that we will be moved to make things right. Give us courage to confront the racism and violence that oppose the greater good we profess and the mission you have given us to fulfill.
Loving God, You call us to love kindness, which defines our value of Christian Ministry, striving “to reflect the love of God.” Open our ears to hear and understand the anguish of those who suffer and our eyes to see the burden others around us carry. Open our hands to reach out in solidarity and service that upholds human dignity and worth. Open our hearts to lean in to Jesus’ commandment to “love one another,” as you have loved us.
Holy God, You call us to walk humbly with you, and to walk alongside others in your name. Give us humility to confess that we do not know and easily overlook or dismiss what we have not experienced. Grant us humility, not to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less. As Jesus humbled himself on the cross to take away the sin of the world, help us to comprehend moments of crisis as portals to transformation and change. Remind us who we are—a people and an organization grounded in faith. Holy Spirit shape our lives to your will with faith that in Christ, only you can redeem our cities, our world and us.