Merciful Savior 

As day breaks we arise weary 

for there is no rest for the soul torn asunder 

by the brutal realities of our American sin, so deeply disturbing our peace

Racism is our uniquely American sin as much a part of this nation as baseballs and apple pies.

Merciful Savior, how grotesque to see Your House so defiled by sin.

We tear our hair out and gnash our teeth.

We weep with Jesus now.

Only by Your holy power we still pray, we still believe in love. 

Send us Your power in the form of a New Generation of leaders who will help us arise one day free from this sin. 

We pray for our children. We have failed them.

Merciful Savior, we repent and lament this evil thing that ensnarls us in racial disharmony.

Forgive us, O Lord of Love, forgive us. We do not wish to be known by acts of terror, but acts of love.

We dare to hope that our sins may be forgiven and our souls liberated from hatred. 

Merciful Savior, we need desperately to know that You are with us even now. Enfold all those who grieve, who cannot speak, who are weary and worn.

Resurrect this Body. We in the white church have been dead too long to the realities of racism in America.

Help us walk the long road of race reconciliation and justice, in our Merciful Savior’s name.


Published by Sarah Griffith Lund

Leader, preacher and author of *Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Church and Family*

2 thoughts on “Merciful Savior 

  1. Sarah, I am Chaplain Maxine. I met you at Our Lady of the Lake when you came to Baton Rouge. I have been following your posts and must say I really enjoy them. Thank you so much and I love the Merciful Savior who is with us now. Have a blessed day today.

  2. Sarah, Thank you so very much for this sensitive prayer. I plan to use it as an introduction to our Worship Service on Sunday. Much love to you and your family. Sincerely, Rev. Bob Robida, Community Congregational Church, New Port Richey, FL

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