Vaccinate Us

As our world suffers,
sickened by this virus, we pray:

Inoculate our hearts with fortitude
     to dismantle systemic racism
Inject our souls with compassion to love
     and then to love harder
Mitigate our structures of power
     against abuse, exploitation and violence.

Protect our siblings, among us and beyond, 
beloved humans who lay bleeding in our streets

Strengthen those wearied by oppression,
     with renewed energy, tenacity, hope and rest.

Fortify our hearts to listen deeply and amplify the voices
     of Black people
     of Brown people
     of Indigenous people everywhere

Immunize us, O Source of Healing,
Immunize us against this viral historic hate,
Course through our veins courage and conviction
     to reckon with our implicit bias
     to apologize for our role in the pain
     to fight to end this oppression

Vaccinate us, vaccinate us, O Source of Healing 
with the sacred power of love.

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