True Reconciliation is the Result of Love

A friend of mine just got back from the Coventry Cathedral in the UK and brought me this prayer. Shortly after the Cathedral was destroyed during WWII, the words ‘Father Forgive’ were inscribed on the wall of the ruined chancel, and they made a commitment not to seek revenge, but to strive for forgiveness and reconciliation with those responsible.

Here is the prayer that has led Coventry in their commitment to reconciliation.  It serves as a reminder that when we pray about the problems of the world around us, we need to begin by acknowledging the roots of those problems in our own hearts.

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
FATHER FORGIVE
The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
FATHER FORGIVE
The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
FATHER FORGIVE
Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,
FATHER FORGIVE
Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
FATHER FORGIVE
The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
FATHER FORGIVE
The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
FATHER FORGIVE
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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