To you, O God, we hold out our hearts.
Deal gently with them, we pray.
Increase their love with your forgiveness;
soften their bitterness with your peace.

Until peace comes,
we will wait and watch.

To you, O God, we hold out our hungers.
Have mercy on them, we pray.
Rain down with manna to renew our hope;
quench our despair from the wellspring of your glory.

Until hope comes,
we will wait and watch.

To you, O God, we hold out our wounds.
Heal their shame, we pray.
Bind up their bleeding and wipe their tears,
and we will praise the balm of our salvation.

Until a salve comes,
we will wait and watch.

To you, O God, we hold out our lives.
Be with them in this wilderness, we pray.
With each breath, dawn a new day;
in each death, light a light to comfort us.

Until a new day comes,
we will wait and watch.

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