An Interfaith Prayer for A World Religions Service for Charleston and Orlando

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An Inclusive Prayer for Remembrance
(an opening prayer for an interfaith service
The Charleston and Orlando tragedies)
June 26, 2016

Holy One, Source of All that which lives within, among, and beyond us; Hear our prayers of recalling your truth and remembering the value of Your sustaining love and care…

We are gathered here to recall those who have died, and to remember, that is will be up to us, the living, to actively honor their memory; We are being called back to our true selves, our best selves whenever we reflect on our sincere and lasting intentions for peace, benevolence, and understanding…

We are gathered to recall the essential facts of our lives- that we share this one world and our humanity as one. Together, we make its elevating possibilities manifest, and we also make visible its shortcomings for all to see… As Teilhard de Chardin puts it:
“[We are one, after all… you and I… Together we suffer, and together we exist, and together, we can heal… ]”

We gratefully admit that we have been given the gift of life, and what we do with it, is our gift back to You… for as Scriptures puts it, We love, because God first loved us… (I John 4)
The monk and mystic, Thomas Merton reminded us that there is a part of us, call it our souls or our hearts, that belongs entirely to God; It is the gift of a pure truth, unending affection, comfort, and affirmation… We must draw our actions from this!

Because of this great gift, there is no tragedy so big that it can rob us of hope, or steal away the resolve that knows, in our hearts, we can do better, we can love more deeply, and we must share it more widely- that this love we bear knows neither race nor gender, nor class, nor status; It cares little for political debates, unless they truly serve dignity, equality, and justice…

Holy One, the One Reality we share, we gather here this day to remember… and to know in our hearts, that we are to come together and grow beyond our illusions of our separate egos, and become, in Your name, one harmonious and loving whole;

We remember our fractured innocence, we know we can repair our wholeness, and we can come back together as friends, families, and as citizens to promote peace, and understanding.
We remember that we belong to one another as there only one race, one planet, and there is only one ultimate reality that binds humanity and the planet together- the love of good, God.

Only as we remember this truth, can we become strong enough to face any of our earthly fears… after all, you and I share this world, and we will make of it what we will…
That can be our motive here today… and everyday… that our actions are first directly by a shared compassion and we can choose to be unselfish and charitable towards all…

O Source of Truth, of Wholeness and Peace;
Hear our words this day, words spoken and sung that come from many sources, that will together express our shared hopes and universal desires… . Grant us a holy audition, so that we can hear, not just with our ears, but with our hearts…

May this time together, this time of recalling and remembering, stay with us, serving to initiate any needed changes, serving to strengthen our resolve for the future …

The future we wish to create and promote for our planet, for our lives, and for our children…

Amen; Salaam; Shalom; Namaste; Blessed Be!

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