disarming

i didn’t use this at chapel, but i really like it…

we confess that we are searching for more weapons
to arm ourselves
against the harshness of the world.
we search for ammunition to fire at the people who
have hurt us
and those we just don’t like.
we add their wrongdoings
to steadily increasing stockpiles
which cast shadows over our lives
our community
and our world.

forgive us.

may we find enough faith
to dismantle our stockpiles
and disarm our weapons
even before peace is declared…