A Litany of Lament

One: Hear the world, O God. Uncover your ears and know your people’s anguish.

Many: Do not hide yourself from the cries for relief, from the noises of war.

One: The world is distraught, O God. People and nations live in fear, and creation echoes their trembling.

Many: Do not hide yourself from the lament in Chibok and Soma, from the wailing and the protesting.

One: Day by day brings news of crisis, news of pain, news of waste, news of violence. Have you not seen and heard the news, O God?

Many: Do not hide yourself from the tears in San Marcos and Khartoum, from the devastation of death.

One: Let God hear and be stirred from sleep. Let us hear and be driven from complacency.

Many: Do not hide yourself from the women in Gaza, from the women in Chicago, from the daughters and sisters endangered by the world’s agitation.

One: Attend to those who need you most, O God. Our prayers will not cease while we watch for your justice; we pour them out continuously into the pool of the world’s tears.

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