Interfaith Prayer for Standing Rock
From whom all things come and to whom all things return
We gather today as religious people from various traditions;
We gather as people reaching across our difference
Sharing our commitment to compassion and truth
In this silent moment let us give thanks for the blessings in our lives.
For the gift of earth we receive as food and water each day, we give thanks
For home and family, for faith and meaningful work, we give thanks.
For our ability to gather in this way as people of peace, we give thanks.
In this silent moment we lift up those places in our own lives
and in our own hearts where burdens reside.
May there be peace, may there be grace, may there be support
In this silent moment let us cry out for the suffering of our world.
In particular, we cry out
for the land and the water that is threatened in Cannonball ND
for the American Indians usually forgotten on the margins
for all those who suffer at the hands of police militarization
and corporate greed
We cry out for the distrust and disconnection that has taken root
between the people and our government
between the people and our police
between the people and our mother earth
This is not the way it should be.
Oh, Spirit of life and of love, hear our cry.
Hear our cry, of spirit, and help us to become instruments of thy love.
Let us speak up with those who go unheard.
Let us show up in solidarity with all those on the margins.
Let us be like the Water Protectors of Standing Rock
and commit ourselves to Protect what is Sacred.
Let us be emissaries of justice,
ambassadors of compassion,
agents of thee, O Spirit
In the name of all that is holy
may it be so