Prayer For One About To Approach Another For Pardon
By Edward Hays: (This prayer has been adapted. The use of the singular was changed to the plural, and the masculine words for God were also changed, the word sinned was changed to made mistakes.)
Come, God of Healing and Unity,
we are in need of Your divine assistance.
We need to approach another
and to find a way to peace and understanding.
We are now separated,
and the canyon between us is painful and empty of You.
Help us to be honest as we seek reunion.
Open to our vision to the ways by which we have failed
and have been lacking in consideration.
Let our hearts be ready to see how we have made mistakes.
We will need Your help
so that we may move beyond our own feelings
to an awareness of the other who is also suffering.
You, Searcher of Hearts,
know how both of us in our own ways
are at fault.
Teach us to be humble
as we seek reunion.
Come and stand between us
so that all we say and do
will be filled with the sacred medicine of heaven.
Remind us how short our lives are
so that we will not delay this reunion of hearts.
Inspire us to see how this separation
can serve to bring us even closer together,
closer than we were before it happened.
Most of all, God of Compassion,
let us be servants of pardon,
ministers of reconciliation,
as we now pray for Your holy guidance.
(Pause for silent prayer)
God, Divine Parent,
make us as humble and healing as our mother the earth.
Make us as honest and defenseless as a child.
Make us as compassionate and loving as Your Son, Jesus.
And, God who is the Giver of True Strength,
make us as forgiving as are You, Yourself.