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Justice Prayers - August 4, 2021

"And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
'Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
The son of God is forever blessed
This is the kingdom and we're the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon."

- Farther Along, Josh Garrels

Earth Overshoot Day

July 29, 2021 was termed 2021’s Earth Overshoot Day.  The day marks the date when humanity’s use of ecological resources and services exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that year.  For more information on Earth Overshoot Day and your own global footprint you can read here.  But we pray with this awareness:

Lord of the heavens and earth,

We are becoming aware of the damage our status quo has on your earth and it is painful.  Help us, by your spirit, to change directions.  Help us to slow down our personal hustles enough to see and manage our consumption.  Heal us so that we might act as individuals and through policies to not consume so flagrantly.  Help us to live as you would have us live on your earth with sanctified imaginations that can see another way.

Moratorium on Evictions being lifted in U.S.

Housing experts are sounding alarms on the lifting of bans on evictions during lock down measures. WE pray for all those affected:

Father who brings us home, we pray in every instance where a tenant cannot make rent that grace, mercy and provision would abound.  May circumstances experienced today not define a family for years to come and may the right community and policy support be put into place so that all in our communities can thrive.

Emancipation Day in Canada 

Canada has made August 1 Emancipation Day, to mark when slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834.  This is history that not many Canadians are aware of and as we step into higher levels of awareness, we pray for the Holy Spirit:

You, Lord, are the Lord of history and you will reconcile all of it. May we learn our true history so that our feet may be pointed in the right direction going forward.  Give us all sight to see how the past is still affecting us, how we live within unacknowledged systems created in that past.  And give us all resolve to undertake the humility needed to counteract anti-black racism that perniciously still exists within our society.

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