Prayer for a New America

by Will Wilkinson

Out of the ashes of hatred, let a new America be born.
We pray for the dead and dying,
for those who have destroyed them,
and for those who would seek now to destroy in return.
Vengeance has never brought peace.

Let the history of war end in me.
Now, in the face of unthinkable horror,
our hearts heavy with sorrow or inflamed with rage,
let us choose a different path.
Not because we are weak,
but because we are incredibly strong,
strong enough to do what has not been done before:
to forgive those who have trespassed against us.

Wherever there has been hatred, let there now be love,
flowing from even the most secret corners of our hearts
to the furthest corners of this world.

We are peacemakers.
And this is the new America.


Will Wilkinson

[reprinted with permission]

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