December 9 – Day Fifteen
A Prayerful Meditation to Address Gender Bias andViolence of Any Kind
By Margaret H. Gordon, Province III Representative to the NECW Board
Dear God and Father of us all, we ask for your guidance and presence as we continue our prayers for those who suffer daily and are constantly affected by biases of any kind, but especially for those who suffer because of their gender.
Pour out your spirit upon this nation where the political climate has turned away from civility and respect when selecting our leaders. Guide them in seeking ways to embrace and support equality for all of your children, regardless of their sex, age, color or religion.
We thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us even in the face of adversity. There are places where hatred, disrespect, and vandalism have spilled over to our houses of worship, striking fear into the hearts of many and threatening the stability of families, especially those with young children. Help us to deal with this and to do so in a civil manner.
Cleanse the hearts and minds of those who have put personal gain ahead of what is best for our nation and the world. Help them to understand and see that your will for all people is justice, peace, equality, and especially safety in their daily lives.
We give you thanks Lord Christ for those in our nation who have given much to improve the lives of others. Today we thank you for Lawrence O'Donnell who started the K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Desks) Fund. In concert with UNICEF, in excess of $10 million has been raised to provide desks for children in the country of Malawi - where it is quite common to sit on the floor in class. Last year, another component was added to this fund - scholarships for young girls, enabling them to attend secondary school. We appreciate this generosity and are truly thankful.
And we humbly give you thanks for the legacies left to the people of the nation and the world by many beloved people who stressed education and equal treatment as human rights. In particular, we remember Anna Julia Haywood Cooper who stated that "the cause of freedom is not a cause of a race or a sect, a party, or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
Thank you for all the goodness and kindness in the world today, especially for Lawrence and Anna. Help us to continue to be your hands and feet in this journey and strive to do your will in all that we undertake. Amen.