“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not.”
We join Jesus’ lament, keening at the brokenness—broken bodies, broken lives, broken systems. We plead for God to gather all people and all systems under her wings, empowering us in the hard work of justice and transformation.
By your Holy Wings, Mothering God ...
- Enfold and comfort all who grieve the murder of George Floyd
- Tenderly care for those who’ve been traumatized once again by this death
- Spread your protection over all who tirelessly give themselves to provide care and comfort
- Sweep out the racism in our criminal justice system
- Uncover the sin of white supremacy that has plagued our [cities, states,] country, and our individual lives
- Move us all to repentance, to radical change – joining hands with all to rebuild our communities in the way of justice
- Hover continuously over [our country], inspire us with vision to imagine a new way of being community; and a new resolve to work toward that vision.
"[America, America,] O how Jesus longs for us to wake up, to name our sin, to see our complicity, to recognize every single person as a beloved sibling. The time is now."
—adapted from Bishop Ann Svennungsen's Prayer for Minneapolis, Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA, May 29, 2020