Prayer for These Days
GLIDE Senior Pastor Karen Oliveto shares a special prayer in honor of Trayvon Martin as we fight and continue this work for justice.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears
God of Trayvon Martin, God of George Zimmerman, God of countless brown and black men who have been profiled, gunned down, locked up.
We are weary O God and we have wept too many tears. It is a nation’s shame when justice is meted out to some but not to all. It is a nation’s shame when the killer of an unarmed teenage boy is not only given his freedom but his gun. It is a nation’s shame that there is not more outrage in our streets, in our political chambers, and in our churches.
We know that each one of us is created in the image of your image, O God, your fingerprint resides on every face of every race in every corner of this earth. With your strength, we commit ourselves to protecting the dignity and worth of every child of God, and we will not rest until liberty and justice for all is not just a lofty dream but a reality in this land.
We will continue to march, to speak out, to protest, to show up, to tell the stories of racial profiling and oppression. We will continue to cross lines that have divided us from each other, so that together we can push back the evil isms that destroy beloved community.
We will lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring, ring with harmonies of liberty.
We will not forget Trayvon Martin, and all the unnamed young people lost to violence. We will continue to work for justice,
We will march on till victory is won. Amen.