What follows is a Christian prayer, but we invite you to speak the words and make it your own.
We come to you to seek your wisdom and guidance for the work ahead.
We are thankful that Edmonton is a wonderful city, known for its’ warmth and compassion, despite a cold and sometimes hostile climate. We are thankful for the energy and commitment of her leadership and her citizens. And we are thankful that we are together able to call this place home.
Lord God, life together is rarely easy. And despite our general warmth as a community, we acknowledge the presence of many walls that divide us.
Fear of difference. Fear of change. Fear of the other. Fear of the future.
Anger at those who have hurt us. Anger at changes we do not welcome. Anger at even our own loneliness, weariness, and sadness.
Father God, we know the future is in your hands, and yet we know you also call us to value wisdom, to live with generosity and compassion and to both do and seek justice. Today, we ask for your help with these things.
We pray for wisdom for those serving as our leaders in City Council and in both our Legislature and Parliament; as they craft policy and try to steer the narrow path to a healthy, compassionate and strong community of citizens. Give them clarity and insight in both defending the vulnerable, and encouraging the powerful in a direction that will see all flourish.
We pray for a spirit of generosity and sacrifice to fill the sails of community, and to propel our efforts to provide for those most in need of love and care. That efforts will not fall flat because we all say, ‘someone else will pay for it.’
And we pray you will strengthen your minds, hearts and hands to both do and seek justice. Make us good listeners to the cares and concerns of everyone involved. Give us clarity of sight and judgment as to what is good and right. And help us in every case to take the side of healthy, compassionate and caring community; where all are welcomed, are cared for, and are given space to live, work, play, heal, and contribute to our common good.
May your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven,
In the mighty name of Jesus. Savior, Teacher, Redeemer, King, and Friend.
By Pastor Mike Van Boom, Christian Reformed Church