"Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated." MLK Jr

Why are we so afraid God,
Building these walls around us?
Brick by brick
We carefully construct illusions of protection.
We grow distant,

Protected and safe.
No uncertainties.
No pain.
No gripping fear to keep us up at night.

No surprises.
No connection.
No glimpse of all that you are creating for us, O God.

This MLK day
We ask you to call us back to you.
Hear our prayers, even in the midst of suspicions of difference.
Nudge us to grow confident in standing shoulder to shoulder
Discovering together the power of the Beloved Community that you are calling us to become.

Lift the walls that separate us,
and give all your people that glimpse of a brighter tomorrow, O God.
Grant us the strength and the courage to work with each other and for each other,
With you.


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