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A Litany For Slain By Gun Violence in TX

Nov. 6, 2017

Leader:             A sound is heard in Ramah, the sound of bitter weeping.  Rachel is weeping for her children.  She refuses to be comforted, for they are dead.

Assembly:       We pray for the families of the victims who have been slain by gun violence.

Leader:            A sound is heard in every city.  Communities are weeping generationally for their elders, children and loved ones.   Our sons, like Emmett Till, Treyvon Martin. Our brothers, like Ezell Ford, Michael Brown and John Crawford.  Our daughters, like Ayanna Jones, Miriam Carey. Our sisters, like Malisa Williams and Tarika Wilson.

Assembly:       As people of God, we weep for the lives of all of Gods children who instead of enjoying the sweetness of innocence become victims of hate, victims of war, and victims of violence.  

Leader:            Now, let us rise up and interrupt these rushing waters of violence that leave children and communities wounded and paralyzed, traumatized by internal disintegration and state terror.  Let us rise up and demand this nation abandon its affair with beliefs, practices and laws that are rooted in militarism.

Assembly:       We will rise up against laws rooted in evil that have no concern for life, nor any concern for Gods love. We will rise up until justice rolls on like a river and righteousness like a never- failing stream.

Leader:            Oh Lord, we commit ourselves to seeing all of your people the way that you see them.  No matter their age or race, they are precious gifts made in your image, created with transformative purpose and unlimited promise.

Assembly        And for that cause, we pledge to be hedges of protection for their lives, we pledge to stand against anything that threatens their potential or promise.  

All:                  We embody the universal spirit of Ubuntu, I am because we are and because we are, I am.   We are all Rachel crying for the children!  Therefore, we pledge to lock arms in solidarity with the families of the slain.  We pledge to let our voices be heard all over this nation and the world, for we know we are called to do what is just and right. 

2017 by Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.


Copyright 2017 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:33 -0700.

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