Monday, April 6, 2009

A Prayer for those affected by abuse

Dear God our Creator, we gather because we care about those affected by abuse: women, children, and men.

We remember those who have lost their lives to this malfunction of our society. We pray that their souls are now at rest.

We remember children living in homes of domestic violence. Deliver them and protect them from further harm.

We pray for perpetrators, that they may seek help. Help them to relinquish their need to exert power and control.

We remember current victims whose lives are filled with fear and uncertainty, those who are trapped in the psychological cycle of violence and abuse, hope and false love.

We ask that you give them a new vision. Guide them with your wisdom to make sound choices that will lead to new life.

We give thanks to those who dedicate their lives to providing education, shelter, and support, remembering especially Covenant to Care for Children and the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County.

Finally, O gracious God, be present with us, restore peace and hope, that we may persevere with your Holy Spirit. In faith we pray, Amen.

Adapted from a prayer written by the Rev. Angela F. Shepherd (from “Women’s Uncommon Prayers")

No comments: