Phillips Theological Seminary, a Disciples of Christ graduate school in Tulsa that trains ministers and leaders of the church, including Phil (’02) and Emily (’07), offers the following prayer in response to the death of Terence Crutcher, the son of one of its graduates. You can read the full post from the seminary here.
Prayer of Longing
In a time when some are left to wonder whether black lives matter,
In a time when children are killed and left in streets and on sidewalks
well after their premature last breath,
You are present, O Spirit of God,
Groaning and sighing when words offer no solace.
God, you are present with everyone
Who hungers and thirsts for justice,
Who lives in fear,
Who buries loved ones,
Who cannot breathe.
So too, God, are you present
With everyone whose hunger is satiated, and thirst quenched,
Who prioritizes comfort over justice,
Who chooses silence or distraction,
Who forgets to speak out, or who drowns out others with their speech.
O God, help us to see ourselves and each other
In the light of your justice.
Deliver us from the fear of who we might encounter.
Enable us to recognize our prejudices,
And give us ears to hear each other –
And by hearing each other, hear you.
Embolden us to make possible the hope of human dignity
Without diminishing real experiences of despair and suffering.
Pour out your Spirit on us, making us partners in justice
For a human community
Where no one doubts they matter.