The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1)
Over the past eight days the churches of Indonesia have helped us consider difficult situations facing the world. Many of these have raised questions of justice. The Church has been complicit in many instances of injustice and, through that complicity, we have damaged our unity and diminished the effectiveness of our witness to the world. Christians gather for common prayer, professing common faith and to listen for God’s voice. Although the many injustices wound us, we do not lose hope, but are called to action. The Lord is our light and salvation, the stronghold of our lives. We do not fear.
Forgive us how we’ve devalued you:
‘We live in hope’ and yet don’t hope to live,
‘Hope so’, when we have none in our hearts.
Show us who you really are:
disturb the deathly ease of our despair
and give us the courage to embrace your pain:
impudent in the face of hate,
unrelenting under oppression,
daring to resist the entropy of division.
Goad us to take up that felon’s cross
laid empty the grave.
God our hope,
we praise you for your loving kindness.
Uphold us when we are about to give up,
show us your light when all around seems dark.
Transform our lives that we may bring hope to others.
Help us to live united in our diversity as a witness to your communion,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever. Amen.
How has Jesus empowered you to witness to what is right?
Where in the life of your church or group of churches do you most need the gift of hope?
What is your best hope for your community?
Go and Do
Generate hope by sharing your actions and prayers for justice on the CTBI prayer wall using the #wpcuwall hashtag on Twitter and visit http://www.weekofprayer.org to see the actions others have taken.