I invite you to take a few deep breaths.
Oh Lord, you remove the stones that burden. You see our rock hard fears, our needs, you see the closed doors, places of total darkness all around the world, disagreements, wars, the pains and prejudices we all face. Huge stones.
The three women who visited that first Easter morning to honour Jesus’ corpse with spices wondered how they would move the stone barrier. They arrived to find it had been rolled away. God you roll stones away and set life free.
Pebbles of different shapes were at each of these eight stations. The pebbles were piled onto newspaper clippings representing pain and beside each pile was a bowl of water surrounded by greenery representing life.
We invite you as our prayer of confession this morning to move around the ‘Litany of Pebbles of Love’ in any order and as you pray, move stones from a place of pain to a place of life.
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Litany of Pebbles of Love
In the face of the boulders of disrespect for all who are different,
Let us be pebbles of respect for the dignity and diversity of every person.
In the face of the boulders of having it always my way,
Let us be pebbles of mutality and humility.
In the face of boulders of tuning out others,
Let us be pebbles of listening love.
In the face of the boulders of grudges and retaliation,
Let us be pebbles of forgiving love.
In the face of the boulders of using more than our share,
Let us be pebbles of simple sufficiency.
In the face of the boulders of violence against other species and the earth herself,
Let us be pebbles of beauty and respect.
In the face of the boulders of violent and dehumanizing entertainment,
Let us be pebbles of playfulness.
In the face of the boulders of discrimination and exploitation,
Let us be pebbles of solidarity
In the face of escalating violence, escalate love.
Based on litany From the Institute for peace and Justice