Our Loving Creator God,
We bring before you this day
the burden the whole world carries
as it endures extreme poverty and hunger
in every land.
Stretch out your loving arms, we pray,
to embrace the suffering women, men and children
whose bodies, minds and spirits are shrinking
before our very eyes.
Help us to look, really look,
with clear eyes and open hearts,
to see the pain and hopelessness
in their bewildered eyes.
Kindle within each one of us
a flame of love and purpose,
Enable us to channel our love into action
in every way possible
For this we pray. Amen.
~Mimi A. Simpson of Santa Barbara, CA
Ed. Margaret Rose, Jenny Te Paa, Jeanne Person, and Abagail Nelson. Lifting Women's Voices: Prayers to Change the World. NY: Morehouse Publishing, 2009. 90-91.