On November 11, Canadians remember and reflect. When I remember it doesn’t take long until I realize I need to confess. So, on this day I offer a prayer of confession, out of the amazing pictured resource, with thanks to Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Not only does it help us confess, it also helps us move toward a world without war.
The Talmud encourages us: “do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
Long-suffering God, for whom peace is a slow and consistent step-by-step journey. We acknowledge our impatience with the steady work of building relationships, our arrogance in deciding what others need, our tendency to react.
Forgive us for distracting ourselves and running off the path with worry and present need. Pulled away by fears of not being courageous enough, smart enough, prepared enough. Forgive our reluctance to move forward when we see the magnitude of the task ahead.
Remind us: We are not called to save the whole world but to walk faithfully along God’s path. We are not called to know all the answers but be humbly open to instruction. We are not left alone to climb an unknown way, for Jesus walked the path before us, and many have walked the path of reconciliation and resisted evil with nonviolent acts.
Far-seeing God, with our excuses blown away, we trust in your unfailing love to forgive us, and once again draw us into your daily practices of peace. In this place, in these days, with these people.
In the name of Jesus, the reconciler we pray. Amen.