Saturday, October 07, 2006

Domestic Violence Part II: A Prayer

Prayer for All Who Are Abused

by Vienna Cobb Anderson

You chose, O loving God,
to enter this world quietly, humbly,
and as an outcast.
Hear our prayers
on behalf of all who are abused.
For children,
who suffer at the hands
of parents whom they trust and love;
For spouses,
beaten and destroyedby the very one
who promised to love
and to cherish them forever.
For all people
ignored, hated and cheated
by the very neighbor who could be the closest one to offer Your love.
Hear the cry of the oppressed.
Let the fire of your Spirit fill their hearts
with the power of vision and hope.
Grant to them empowerment to act,
that they may not be passive victims of violence and hatred.
Fulfill for them the promises you have made,
that their lives may be transformedand their oppression ended.
Turn the hearts of the oppressor unto you
that their living may be changed
by your forgiving love;
and their abusive actions
and oppressive ways
brought to an end.


Tara Ulrich said...

Singing Owl, Ive really enjoyed your posts. There so important for us to hear. I took a J-term class on Domestic Violence against Women and Children when I was in seminary. During that time and after that experience, I wrote a poem about domestic violence. I would love to share it with you if you would like me too!

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

I would love to.

DannyG said...

I would like to use this prayer at one of the survivor/rememberance events that the shelter that (J) and I are on the board of holds throught October. Appropriate citation will be made.

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

Well, danny g, i copied it from somewhere so I guess you can too


Anonymous said...

I've just found you here. Thank you for this prayer/poem. I'll visit again!

Anonymous said...

I found this blog through the rgbp wednesday festival. thank you so much for posting so eloquently and prayerfully on this subject. it is a subject that is very close to my heart.

Unknown said...

I like your prayer much better than my post on Domestic Violence Awareness month.