A prayer for Pride

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - From the Dio­cese of Ox­ford

God who de­lights in us,

You search us and find us out.

You love us from the in­side.

Ev­ery thought and feel­ing, ut­tered and held in si­lence

Is known to you and pre­cious to you. Dwell within us.

Help us dis­cover that you mean us to grow into who we are

And no other.

To be real, not to pre­tend,

To know love – given and re­ceived,

And to blos­som in its lib­er­at­ing power. Shel­ter us in your pro­tec­tive shadow From those who will not ac­cept us,

Who know us only from the out­side. Give us the peace that passes

All mis­un­der­stand­ing, fear and re­jec­tion Know­ing that you alone be­hold us, de­sire us, and de­clare us to be your own. Amen

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