Protect my heart
from what has made the hate of one another.
Return me again and again,
for as many times as worry,
fear or fault,
erupts in my defended cause of righteousness,
to pray for all;
for all of us.
For only in praying for all
can I trust myself
to pray as I believe
You would have me love.
I can no longer pretend that I have the wisdom,
to separate in prayer
who is worthy of your grace,
or your casting out of country or Kingdom;
so startling are these times.
So desperately I long for peace on your earth.
So acutely aware I am
of my own failings to love
that my prayers are best returned to the ones
that came from the desert of our Fathers,
and arrive in the morning of my despair.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy on me.
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on all of us.