On the 18th May the South African Council of Churches presented the Unburdening Panel Report to the Church public. This is in response to the pain of reported State Capture. The General Secretary of the SACC included these words in the report; “we cannot ‘unsee’ what we have seen.” Those words reminded me of the words of Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:17:
“You see the trouble we are in… Come let us rebuild… and suffer this indignity no longer.”
As we make the resolve to act in ways that lead to ending of the indignity I ask that we join together in the following prayer:
“Almighty God, Lord of life, we have sinned against you and against fellow human beings as well as against the whole creation in thought, word and deed, in the evil we have done and in the good we have not done. This we did through ignorance, through weakness and sometimes through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent. Guide us in new ways and grant that we serve you in newness of life. Lead South Africa to justice, dignity, honesty, forgiveness and repentance
Lord, we trust you. In the recent past you rescued us from a situation when we were at war with each other before 1994. You granted us space to sit down and talk. Now 23 years later we have committed further mistakes that threaten to launch this country into crisis. Grant us willingness to find spaces of listening to each other, sit down as the nation and discern new ways of getting out of this deep dark hole of moral and constitutional illegitimacy.
Help us to work together towards healing and embracing afresh the values of social justice and fundamental human rights as well values that contribute to the ‘improvement of the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of every person.’
Lord in your mercy hear our prayers and use us as your agents to fulfill this post- Apartheid dream.” AMEN.
Prayer endorsed by the National Church Leaders Consultation (NCLC) Kairos SA.