We are one, after all, you and I,
together we suffer, together exist
and forever will recreate one another.
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Almighty God, whose will it is that all people dwell in unity, we thank you for our diversity
and for all signs of oneness in the midst of our fragmented world:
- for neighborhood among nations;
- for understanding among races;
- for dialogue among faiths,
- for sisterhood and brotherhood among persons,
- for all steps in the way of unity with love, we praise you, O God.
Yet, at the same time, we need your forgiveness for our lack of oneness:
- for strife among nations that means destruction and death to many;
- for false pride and narrow patriotism that block paths to peace;
- for divisions between people of different races, classes, and religions;
- for ungodly dissension among those who claim the name of Christ;
- for the brokenness within our own lives that stifles growth.
From all such unnecessary and false barriers between persons, good Lord, deliver us.
Put us in a right and good relationship with you, with one another and within our very selves, as we live Jesus’ vision of inclusive love.
(Dennis W. Haas, To the God of Many Names: Prayers for a College Community (1995), p. 72)
This Week’s Affirmation:
“Light fills my body and I am One with Everything.”
(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)