Is it right, O God, to be grateful for the bare minimum,

for justice done once,

when it has been abandoned so many other times? 

Can we give thanks for one day of something like justice,

when there have been so many other empty days?

We call out to you the name of George Floyd,

praying for solace and peace this day for the people who loved him,

and yet we also remember Ma’Khia Bryant,

Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown…and so many more people,

each one beloved to you. 

May the tears of pain and rage,

the trauma of past days

the fear of future days

become part of the mighty stream of justice that sweeps us all forward

to a place of true justice and righteousness.  Amen. 


Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural church in the Washin.gton, DC area.


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3 thoughts on “Wednesday Prayer

  1. Dear sisters,
    I’m from Australia and married to a medically retired police officer (PTSD).
    I too offer thanks for this occasion of belated justice and pray for nothing less than the renewal of our divided society.

    I also pray for our police, paramedics and other first responders who are systematically and individually brutalised. I do not suggest they be excused for wrongdoing but I do ask that we pray and work for a society that asks some to do our collective dirty work and then claim surprise when they become dirty (and many do to a lesser and greater extent). If you must regard police as the enemy then at least please pray for your enemies – not instead of those wronged but as well.

    Blessings, Sue

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