God of Diversity, Universal One,
All our cultures and nations are created in Your image
We cry out to you in languages spoken, signed, and written,
We cry out to you in the painted image and the sound of music,
And you receive it all in love.
Grant that we may see You in everyone around us
In the languages and cultures we inhabit, and in the ones we don’t understand,
In the people we agree with, and those we disagree with or fear,
In the heart of every spirit on our glorious world.
Grant that we may learn to share You with one another
In word and deed, thought and action,
So that together we can bring about the New Realm you promised,
Where the lion lies down with the lamb
The stranger is welcomed with open arms
And the children live without fear.
|Prayer submitted by Rev. Kate Harford
University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.