God of all good life, on our journey toward Easter,
cleanse our hearts of every desire to mimic
the violence of wrongs that befall us.
Save us from becoming the evil we hate.
Save us from denial of abuses
which daily crucify Christ afresh.
Drive away the chilling cold, the wintry frost,
of numbing detachment from other’s pain,
and our own hurts, also.
Breathe, O breathe Your empowering Spirit
into the troubled hearts of Your children
who wish they could wish to love but cannot.
Hear our prayer, in the name of Jesus,
the Shining Way, the Truth and the Life.
Obie Wright, Jr., Methodist Minister
Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,
but the upright are in his confidence.