A Prayer for Family and Church


Sandro Botticelli – Adoratia magilor

We are a broken, divided family
of lonely individuals,
each alone;
truly, we are not a family.

Communication with each other
seems impossible,
and love vanishes into the void.
Yet both are what we desperately need.

We all need
and want each other,
but we’re too proud to admit it,
or to confess
that we’re each to blame
for our separation,
loneliness and pain.

We add brick upon brick
to the wall that divides
and isolates us.

You alone are our hope,
O God of our salvation.
Your love breaks down
walls that isolate and divide us

Your love heals, forgives,
and makes us whole again.
Restore us, O God of our salvation.

Reconcile us,
that we may be a family,
and live.

(A prayer of Vienna Cobb Anderson)


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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