Holy one, you know me entirely
my love for words
blogposts and poems
Facebook comments and tweets.
Even in faceless communication
I find you
often.

For online are your beloved children
who open my eyes
my ears, my heart
to ideas, thoughts,
experiences
beyond my own life.

Yet sometimes my enthusiasm
– well-intentioned, sincere! –
doesn’t think
beyond 140 pithy characters
to the hearts I meant to support.

Forgive me.

Forgive me
when I forget that my political argument,
my shared meme, my retweeted wit,
is a human being with real needs:
to get home from a Skittles run;
to flee from violence, children in tow;
to pee.

Forgive me
when my takedown of a dehumanizing argument
does nothing to restore humanity, compassion, grace
but only makes the conversation
more pervasive: exhausting and inescapable.

Forgive me
when my need to boost my own
Progressive Social Media Cred
speaks louder than the voices I say I’m supporting
and only shows off my privilege.

Forgive me.
Grant me the humility,
the wisdom and discernment,
to keep my word-spaces as safe
for those being talked about
as for those doing the talking.

Amen.

One thought on “Friday Prayer

  1. I am wondering if this community is ok with the possibility of having Donald Trump for president. Will that facilitate our prayers for peace?

    Like

We hope you'll join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s