By the time I finish this prayer, O God,
the situation may have changed and the specifics herein irrelevant,
though the sentiment will remain the same.

By the time I finish this prayer, O God,
someone else may have been killed, silenced, or ignored,
Still I pray for change.

By the time I finish this prayer, O God,
another bomb may have fallen or perhaps a plane shot down,
But I pray on for peace, true peace, the peace that comes with real justice.

By the time I finish this prayer, O God,
more voices may have attempted to out shout one another for causes that will not be seen the same in a generation or two or seven,
Yet I weep for children and ask for you to grant them a future.

By the time I finish this prayer, O God,
I may wonder if anything is different, anything at all.
Let it at least be me.

Amen.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs sometimes at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She serves on the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc. and is working on a book about the fruits of the Spirit. 


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