For the speechless tongues of those oppressed
For weak hands, feeble knees, widowed, spirits
Made lame, we pray

For those orphaned from war, violence, fear
Parentless children, silent, stifled cries.
For the hungry, we pray

For wives, beaten, abused, trampled, shot
Spirits abandoned, imprisoned by fear.
For Women, we pray

In the dry land of desert wilderness, parched
Stranded spirit, a deer that cannot leap.
For the Broken, we pray

Blessed are those whose help is God
Happy are those whose hope is God, for the
Good News, we pray

For the Good News of God, born human, who
Comes to live and love us, as us, be glad, rejoice,
Singing, we pray

For hope, like blooming flowers in a dusty desert
For hope, compassion bursting forth, be strong!
God is with us.
Amen.

cerusus cacti

(originally published for Advent 3 in Anglican Women’s Empowerment Prayers for final day of prayer – Sixteen Days of Prayer to End Gender Based Violence, 2010, written by Terri C. Pilarski, photo by Terri C. Pilarski)

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