Prayer for the Silenced

Am I so wise
that I have nothing
left to learn,
or just afraid of
what I might hear?

Though others cannot,
the voice of God still speaks,
warning that justice comes,
both for me
and for those
I have silenced.

Amen

Political Engagement — a Prayer

Lord, hear my prayer.

For saying that something needs to be done
while refusing to do anything myself,

Lord, have mercy.

For believing that cries of outrage
were the same as acts of love,

Lord, have mercy.

For letting my own ego keep me from
reaching out to those with whom I disagree.

Lord, have mercy.

For pretending that loving humanity
was the same as loving my neighbor,

Lord, have mercy.

Amen

Prayer for the Fight

We thank God
that we are not
like the ones
who fight
with violence
and bloodshed.

Instead, we fight
with words and images,
tweets and memes,
dollars and budgets.

The weapons are different,
but the pain is just as real.

Lord,

If we are to fight,
may we fight for something
worth fighting for,

Not our ideologies,
nor our egos,

But for what is right,
and for those who have no voice.

Amen

Prayer in Times of Change

Gracious God,

We live in a time of change,
sometimes inspiring and exciting,
sometimes distressing and frightening,
but always challenging.

Yet even in the midst of upheaval,
we can be sure of this:

The Father still loves us,
the Son still calls us,
The Spirit still leads us,
and we must still follow –

Together,
one body,
one faith.

Amen

Nietzsche on Military Buildup

And perhaps the great day will come when a people, distinguished by wars and victories and by the highest development of a military order and intelligence, and accustomed to make the heaviest sacrifices for these things, will exclaim of its own free will, “We break the sword,” and will smash its entire military establishment down to its lowest foundations. Rendering oneself unarmed when one has been the best-armed, out of a height of feeling—that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a peace of mind; whereas the so-called armed peace, as it now exists in all countries, is the absence of peace of mind. One trusts neither oneself nor one’s neighbor and, half from hatred, half from fear, does not lay down arms. Rather perish than hate and fear, and twice rather perish than make oneself hated and feared—this must some day become the highest maxim for every single commonwealth, too.

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow, 284.