Let us walk in shoes of integrity, and don the mantle of truth.
Psalm 83 from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying.
O Great Creator, do not keep silence;
do not withhold your peace or
be still, O Giver of Life!
For fear is rampant in the world;
those who rule by oppression
rise up with power.
They lay deceptive plans against
they consult together against
freedom and justice.
Crafty words belie intent as thousands
reap dire consequence;
nations go to war and the
Yes, they conspire with one accord;
against Love they make a covenant –
no institution is free from the
insidious arm of corruption,
at home and in fields afar.
Who will succour the homeless, the
orphans, the starving,
those cast aside by decisions
based on greed?
Who will speak up on their behalf?
Let all with faith-filled hearts
rise up with Love!
Clothe us in the dress of your peace,
and the stronghold of your mercy,
that we might bear the power
Let us walk in shoes of integrity,
and don the mantle of truth.
Let us shed the tatters of envy and
the rags of anger and greed,
And say, “We shall seek only
which will set us free!”
O Beloved, let all that is unholy
within us be cleansed,
erased as chalk from a slate.
As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame reaches up to the
Let the refining Fire of your Love
reach into the hidden places
within open hearts!
Forgive us and let the deep regret
of our souls
rise up as contrite offerings.
Let the people seek your Word,
let the nations turn from
Violence and destruction.
Let them know that You alone,
You who reign with Love,
are the Most High over
all the earth!