The anti-racism training I attended last week did not live up to my expectations, and I offered my editorial opinion about that in my previous post. However, our times of prayer and meditation were filled with spiritual meaning, and I was most appreciative of a litany taken, as I understand it, from The Iona Book of Worship (Wild Goose Publications). I think it’s worth sharing:
It is not true that this world and its inhabitants are doomed to die and be lost;
This is true: For God so love the world that he gave in only son to that everyone who believes in him shall not die but have everlasting life.
It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction;
This is true: I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
It is not true that violence and hatred shall have the last word, and that war and destruction have come to stay forever;
This is true: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given in whom authority will rest and whose name will be prince of peace.
It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil that seek to rule the world;
This is true: To me is given all authority in heaven and on earth, and lo, I am with you always to the end of the world.
It is not true that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted, who are the prophets of the church, before we can do anything;
This is true: I will pour out my Spirit on all people, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young people shall see visions, and your old folk shall dream dreams.
It is not true that our dreams for the liberation of humankind, our dreams of justice, of human dignity, of peace, are not meant for this earth and this history;
This is true: The hour comes, and it is no, that the true worshippers shall worship God in spirit and in truth.