16 Days of Activism - Day 2
Prayer by Mandy Marshall, Director for Gender Justice, Anglican Communion Office
God Almighty, Maker of the heaven and the earth, who promised not to let our foot slip and to watch over us while we sleep. Lord, we ask, for your transforming power to reach into the head, hearts and hands of us all, that our eyes be opened to the shadow pandemic of gender-based violence, especially domestic abuse, all around us. To start to see the signs for ourselves and the depth of the pain, the trauma, the broken-heartedness that it brings.
May we not be bystanders Lord and pass by on the other side as we ‘don’t want to get involved’ or see it as a ‘family issue’ or ‘just a difficult relationship’. Break through our cultural barriers that prevent us from moving into action and taking the right action. May we all be moved with compassion to act to support survivors. Enable us to give survivors the support needed to continue their journey of healing and recovery when it all seems too hard.
Lord we give thanks for the great work that is already going on around the Anglican Communion to bring about change, such as the House of Sarah in the Diocese of Polynesia, IAFGE in Kenya and the work of the Mother’s Union around the world.
During these 16 days of activism may we hear your voice God, your prompting, and take action.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.