By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Maybe you read Alan Paton’s “Cry, The Beloved Country,” or followed his work as an anti-apartheid leader in 1960’s South Africa. His prayer below is full of the longing for justice, a challenging prayer that looks out for the poor and the oppressed and seeks to let our hearts melt before the God who calls us toward peace. It asks God “use me,” a posture of a servant, full of humility. It seems urgent, and on going: part of a lifelong quest to live a life of meaning.

Let us pray:

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others;
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.
—Alan Paton 1903–1988

Anti-Racism Class: Kenilworth Union Church has long been tuned to God’s call for justice. Yet we are open to admitting the imperfection of our path toward justice. We invite you to participate in the work of anti-racism through our Adult Education program. Join Christine Hides and your church leaders for our online Anti-Racism Study Group this Monday, August 3, 7 p.m. Prepare for the class by reading the book “Raising White Kids” or watching one of Dr. Harvey’s video appearances.