Justice is so far from us today.
Held prisoner by division
among the leaders of our nation,
your people are crying out for freedom:
freedom to work with integrity,
freedom to earn a living,
freedom to provide for themselves and their families.
Where are you in this tug of war, God?
We need to know you are present and active,
that you will not remain silent,
that justice will shine like the light of a new day!
Grief is increasingly near to us today.
Feeling the depths of emptiness,
your people are feeling forsaken.
We cannot find the words to speak hope.
We cannot find the words to speak life.
We cannot find the words to speak joy.
Instead, we are buried in our hopelessness,
our lack of joy.
We need to know that you have bound yourself to us,
that you love us deeply
and are present with us in our pain.
the present is too overwhelming
to look to the future.
Your people are distressed.
We cannot see the brilliance of the new thing
you are promising among us
for the tarnished dreams of yesterday.
Open our eyes to see your righteousness.
Open our hearts to receive your covenant in love.
Restore to us the celebration
of living in your delight,
that we may reflect your glory to the world.