Be present with the children, Lord,
as they imagine a world
where love and kindness reign,
where there is no fear because there is no violence,
where people work cooperatively
for the good of all humankind.
Be present with the young adults, we pray,
whose fire and passion inspire us and give us hope.
Grant them courage to speak boldly
as they confront the evils of this world,
speaking truth to power in ways that generations before them
have lost their will to do.
Be present with the prophets, O God,
who answer your call
even when the message challenges
and the powerful.
Be present, we pray, with the poor
and the lonely
and the grieving
and the hungry …
with the marginalized in every time and place
that their voices may echo through the distance
and be heard.
O God of all, let these voices be
Put your words in the mouths of,
and rescue from danger, we pray,
all those whom you have called and commissioned
to serve in your name,
that the world may hear and repent
and turn from its hurtful ways
and begin to heal.