Praying for the Families of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
The following prayer was offered by Rev. Fred Small of First Parish Cambridge UU this weekend:
Spirit of life,
God of many names and one abundant love:
we pray for all beings who suffer,
and especially this day for the families of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
Our hearts are broken by the loss of a young life
and the violence and fear that took it from us.
May no parent ever have to worry that their child
might not return from a trip to the candy store.
May we never accept a society
where parents must advise their children
that the color of their skin calls them to special caution.
And as we demand accountability,
may we also cultivate compassion.
In our constant struggle against racism
in all its forms and disguises,
may we seek healing and reconciliation,
remembering that in the Beloved Community,
justice and love are inseparable.
Comfort all who mourn and all who fear,
and inspire in us the love that casts out fear.