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Litany for youth who have died from bullying

5 October 2010

O God of justice and mercy, we pray that no more daughters and sons in this world die as the result of bullying simply because of who they are; be it race, religion, sexual orientation, or social awkwardness. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

That our schools become places of nurturing and hope rather than shame and derision. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

That our teachers instill values of charity and acceptance in all children so there is no need for one child to feel superior over another. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

That parents can put aside what they were sometimes taught, in order to promote tolerance and diversity at home. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

That our communities support children who feel “different from the others” and show them lives that are theirs to claim, lives they cannot begin to imagine to see at home. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

That all children can grow up feeling self-empowered and truly loved simply as themselves, and not suffer beatings and psychological abuse at home or school. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

O Lord, you understand this above all others, for your only Son hung among thieves on a rough wooden cross on a barren hill, just as Matthew Shepard hung from a rail fence on a lonely road. Be our light in the darkness, Lord; protect our children and fill them with the love of your Holy Spirit; hold them in your Son’s loving arms in their most fearful hours, and be with them always.
Amen.

(The beautifully written contribution of Kirkepiscatoid, h/t to the Christian Century blog)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 October 2010 14:18

    Thanks for posting this. I am the author of the above piece. My only request is could you take it back one link further and link people to my blog, the original site, or include my name as the author? –not for any ego issues but simply so I can follow the trackbacks! Thank you again for being kind enough to share. This is a very strong issue in a lot of hearts, including my own. This bullying has to stop.

    • Patrick Burrows permalink*
      6 October 2010 14:22

      Absolutely, no problem at all. Because I was one of those bullied kids at one point, and was close to making the same decision they did, this is very close to my heart too. Thank you for your words.

  2. 6 October 2010 14:46

    Thanks, from one of the kids who was not bullied herself, but took to task a few bullies when the bullied kids were too hurt to fight back. I am sorry you had to endure what you did.

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