Prayer for Kenosha, Wisconsin

God, in the center of my heart
is Jacob Blake,
and then there is his family.
I pause there,
surrounding them
with all my hope and love.

I cannot rush on to
complications and issues,
people first.

I pray for those who died last night
and one in the hospital,
whose names I do not yet know.

I pray for families and friends
of black people who have died
from police violence
this year and in years past,
as each brutality immerses them
in grief, pain, PTSD.

I pray for Kenosha ā€“ hope, change,
peace, protest,
justice and jobs, rebirth.

And I pray for a possible miracle ā€“
that this be the last town
where a black life
is broken or ended at the hands of police,

and that we would all know
the things that make for peace. amen.

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7 Responses to Prayer for Kenosha, Wisconsin

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    Amen.

  2. beegood1 says:

    Yes our prayers are with them

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Elisa says:

    Your compassion is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. May we all long and act for social justice.

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  5. Kathleen Gloff says:

    Hi Maren–
    We are having a Prayer Service in Kenosha, WI on Sunday August 30th at 2:00 p.m.
    Will it be alright if I pray your prayer (giving you full credit of course) at the prayer service?
    I am the UCC Pastor in Kenosha, WI.
    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Kathleen Gloff
    Somers UCC

    • Maren says:

      Kathleen, I would be honored that you use my prayer and happy for you to change it /alter it to fit with how things are right at the moment. I am certainly keeping you and your community in prayer. Maren

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