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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


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Overall, I've got it pretty good. I have a roof over my head. I have enough food to eat. I have a college education and a full time job with health insurance. Many people aren't so fortunate.

I've never lived under an oppressive government where I could be beaten or sent to prison simply for speaking my mind or for practicing my religion. Many people aren't so fortunate.

I've never been the victim of a hate crime as a result of my skin color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. Many people aren't so fortunate.

I haven't been driven from my home due to war or natural disaster. Many people aren't so fortunate.

I've never been conscripted into the military or forced to work in a sweatshop. I've never had a family member disappeared. Many people aren't so fortunate.

On this Thanksgiving day, please join me in offering a prayer for all the ones who have little to be thankful for.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from the Book of Common Prayer


At 11/23/2005 7:43 PM, Blogger Monk-in-Training said...

A seven fold polyphonic AMEN to that!


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