Prayer for diversity

Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love,
Spirit of Hope, Spirit of Justice,
God known by many different names, yet known to all faiths:

What a gift you have given us by making us different from one another!
Each of us with our own perspectives and beliefs,
Each of us with our own strengths,
Each of us an individual treasure,
Yet so much more magnificent when we join together.

Guide us as we strive to know one another.
Help us to appreciate rather than fear our differences.

Give us the strength to stand up to oppressors and to the intolerant.
Give us the voice to be louder than those groups who seek to divide us and do us harm.
Give us the spirit to stay engaged in this struggle as long as it takes, even if it takes generations.

And at the same time
Give us the compassion to help those who do not share these values to understand this truth:
That we are one human family, and that love is the only right way.

In your name
In all the holy names by which you have ever been known,
Let us say Amen.

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