A Prayer for Ferguson

(This was posted on my politics blog shortly before the grand jury’s decision was made public.)

Dear Lord Jesus,

As the grand jury prepares to read their decision to indite Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, I pray for the city of Ferguson.  I pray that justice will be done. I pray for peace in the city tonight, peace even in the midst of perceived injustice.

I pray for the members of the grand jury.  They will be criticized by the entire nation no matter where their decision falls.  They may be called ignorant cogs in a racist system that refuses to see the plight of African Americans.  They may be called weak lemmings giving into overwhelming public pressure.  Give them clarity, give them peace.  I pray for their peace of mind, safety and mental well being.

I pray for the family of Michael Brown.  I cannot fathom the depths of their despair.  Not only have they lost their son, but this death continues on in the media all over country and will continue to do so for some time to come.  Give them the comfort that only you can give.  Keep them safe.  I pray that through this death some good will be accomplished.

I pray for Officer Wilson.  No matter what happens tonight, his life will never be the same.  Protect his family during this time as they are going through a trial few families will ever have to go through.  Give them strength.

I pray for the residents of Ferguson.  Their city has been turned upside down.  Their streets have turned into continual protest sites.  They are a city under siege as police armed with military weapons roam the area. Protect the innocent citizens just trying to eek out a normal life in the midst of this upheaval.

Lord, please allow justice to be done and truth to prevail, not matter what they may be.  Let the truth be known and accepted.  Let justice prevail.  But I also pray that through this ordeal we will learn how to love each other.  We are a nation divided by race.  Help us to see each other more clearly through the eyes of love and understanding.  May we recognize our own sins and show grace toward each other.  May we repent of our own ignorance before casting aspersions on people we may not understand or relate with.  Draw us closer together.

May we all weep for a death that should never have occurred.  We live in a broken world.  We weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn.  More than anything else, Lord, we long for day when you will make all things new.  We long for the day when true justice and righteousness will reign everywhere as the King of Kings rules and reigns in his rightful throne.  Lord Jesus, come quickly!

Amen

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