January 22, 2007

TO THE FATHER OF LIFE

For 22 January A.D. 2007, the Thirty-Fourth Anniversary of the Legalization of Murder by Abortion in the United States of America

Father,
Creator of Heaven and Earth,
Maker of All Things,
Lord and Giver of Life,
Father of All Husbands and Fathers,
Father of All Wives and Mothers,
Father of All Children,
Father of All Men and Women,
Our heavenly Father!

We worship You.
We give You thanks.
We praise You for your glory.
We hallow your name, for You are Life and Truth.

You are the King of Kings.
You are the King of Life.
Yours is the kingdom of life without measure.
You give life and new life to the world
in each newly begotten child.
Come, O King of Life.
We would serve your majesty wholeheartedly
in thanksgiving and love for you.
We would serve your majesty wholeheartedly
by our respect for each other.

It is your will, O Father,
that man and woman be together as a sign of yourself,
that man and woman be together as an instrument of yourself:
for you are the creator and fulfiller of all human lives.

You are the creator of angels and men.
Yet, you chose, not angels, but man and woman
to be together as your sign, your instrument and the very place
where you create and procreate the human race in every begotten child.
Not angels, but man and woman!
That is your will:
that on earth we join you in giving life to children
as you in heaven give life to angels.
We are your servants.
Let your will be done through us, with us, in us
on earth as by your angels in heaven.

You yourself are the food and drink of life and eternal life.
Give us this day what we need in your service and the service of others.
Give to men and women, to husbands and wives, to fathers and mothers
the will, the virtue and the means
to live well and to give life,
to nurture, protect and serve.
You have given life to all children.
Give them also loving fathers and mothers,
noble families, good friends and neighbors,
a culture of life, a nation that is just, a world at peace.

Father, we are sinners all,
having sinned against you first of all and above all.
Forgive us men and women for abusing each other,
for sacrificing each other
to the false gods of our own pleasure, domination and fear.
Forgive us, men and women,
forgive us all for sacrificing children,
for worshipping at the altars of the false god of convenience,
the false god of respectability,
the false god of comfort and ease,
the false god of acceptance,
the false gods of false freedoms and false rights.
When our guilt lies heavy upon us,
uphold us in sincere repentance.
When our guilt lies heavy upon us,
give us faith in your loving mercy,
and give us hope in your fatherly embrace.
Father,
even the pain of our guilty consciences
is the sign that your Spirit is speaking within us.
Speak always, and teach us to listen.
Forgive us also for refusing to forgive those who trespass against us.
From your own fatherly heart,
please give us the virtue to forgive others.

Father, strengthen us against the temptation to hate our enemies.
Send your Spirit to love within us and pray within us
for those who mourn,
and for those who refuse to mourn,
Send your Spirit to love within us and pray within us
for those who repent,
and for those who refuse to repent.

Deliver us from evil.
Give us stronger faith in you, our Father.
Give us persevering hope in you, our Father.
Give us to love you always,
for you are…

… Our Father who art in heaven…
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
for ever and ever.
Amen.


2 Comments:

Blogger tara said...

Amen!

9:52 AM  
Blogger CMinor said...

Amen.audrey

2:57 PM  

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