You are welcome to use this prayer for your own personal use or in corporate worship, with proper attribution. Thank you for your prayers this week--and keep praying. We stand side-by-side.
By: Rev. Bonnie McCubbin, Good Shepherd UMC, Baltimore
As we join together in our City, in our State, in our Nation, and around the world in lifting Baltimore up in prayer, we are drawing the circle wide. For the outpouring of love and support we have received this week, we give thanks to you. We have felt it here—no one stands alone, we stand side-by-side. Draw the circle wide.
Draw the circle wide—for competing drum corps performing together in the streets of Sandtown.
Draw the circle wide for praise parties in the streets.
Draw the circle wide for the National Guard who are away from family protecting us.
Draw the circle wide for the Officers who are trying to do their jobs in a rough time.
Draw the circle wide for the officers accused and their families.
Draw the circle wide for the family of Freddie Gray.
Draw the circle wide for protestors.
Draw the circle wide for faith groups and leaders.
Draw the circle wide for our Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Draw the circle wide for Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
Draw the circle wide for National Guard General Linda Singh.
Draw the circle wide for Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.
Draw the circle wide for the City Council.
Draw the circle wide for those bringing health kits and food to a barren land.
Draw the circle wide as we pray as one—united we stand.
Draw the circle wide. We are all Baltimore. Draw the circle wide.
You’re the God of this City. You’re the King of these people. You’re the Lord of this nation. You are God.
This week has been a week of low times and high times. This week has been filled with joys and with sorrows. Our grief, our pain is raw and it is real. This week, as many of us stood by and watched the protestors and rioters destroy and loot Sandtown-Winchester, Mondawmin, and other places; as we felt the heat of the fires burning in multiple sectors of the City; as we saw children out of school and hiding in their homes in fear; we wondered, “Where is God in the midst of this?”
Yet, Lord, you are a God of peace and of justice. You are a light in the darkness. You sent wonderful faith leaders to walk arm-in-arm to stand in the gap between disparate groups. You sent rival gangs to join together to protect these faith leaders. You sent the Nation of Islam to help keep peace.
You are the hope to the hopeless. You provided a train of cars bringing food and supplies to churches for packaging and taking to the neighborhoods. You brought together Christians, Muslims, Jews, people of faith and people of no faith at all; to go out into our City and find the children and families in need, to provide food for them, toiletries, and more until the corner stores can be reopened, the pharmacies can be restocked, and the lives restored.
You bring peace to the restless. You provided a means for the investigation to conclude early enough for announcements to be made to stop the Friday protests and keep our City from being damaged more. You hold people accountable and will have the final say on Judgment Day. There is no one like you.
Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done. Our prayers will not end when the riots end. Systemic changes are needed here. But we have the faith to know that you can and you will bring change to this City and to our nation. You are God.
Once again, Almighty Protector we come before you on our knees for our Great City of Baltimore. Once again, we plead for peace. Once again we plead for justice. We know that you have not abandoned nor forsaken us. And for that we give you all the glory; all the honor; all the praise. Help us to draw the circle wide so that all may be One and your will may be done. Draw the circle wide. No one stands alone. We stand side-by-side. Amen.