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Turn Your Face: A Prayer



Father of Creation,

Turn your face to us,

Strengthen us,

So that

We will face what we will face

With a firm heart,

Focused mind and resolute will.

Father of Creation,

Turn your face to us,

Strengthen us,

So that we may embody and enact

Your mercy and justice

To a dying world.

Father of Creation,

Speak to us,

Strengthen us,

So that we may raise a voice for the world’s most vulnerable,

Who are crushed beneath the wheels of climate injustice.

Father of Creation,

Your Son set his face towards Jerusalem,

With self-giving sacrificial love.

So too, let us set our face towards injustice.

Let us not look away from the world’s most vulnerable.

Let us not look away from sober scientific analysis.

Let us not look away from evil’s empires of exploitation.

The times are desperate,

And we are desperate.

The world is vulnerable,

And we are vulnerable.

Have mercy upon us according to your steadfast love.

Have mercy upon us according to your Son and Our Saviour Jesus Christ.

We pray and petition,

We beseech and entreat,

That the leaders of this world, corporations and mainstream media,

Would align themselves with justice.

We give thanks and pray blessing

Upon those who enact justice,

Upon those who speak truth.

Upon those who bandage the wounds

of those caught beneath

the wheels of climate injustice.

And we pray for the transformation of society,

For repentance and recalibration

in which

unrestrained Capitalism

and Consumerism

will be exposed for what they are.

Instead,

Father of Creation,

bring about economic and political change

which aligns itself

with justice and righteousness.

As we face what we will face,

grant us peace,

love and hope.

As we face what we will face,

grant us boldness,

courage and compassion.

Father of Creation,

We will one day see our Saviour face to face.

Tears will be wiped away,

Death will be no more.

And there will be a tree for the healing of the nations.

Until that day,

Turn your face to us,

Strengthen us so that

We will face what we will face

With a firm heart,

Focused mind,

And resolute will.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May his face shine upon you.

May you know, in these difficult and strange days,

His hope, his peace and his joy.

And may the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Be with you,

And remain with you,

Now and always.

Amen




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