A Prayer of Interdependence

God of the body of Christ,
organs and limbs,
feet and hands,
the weak and the strong,
the broken and the suffering,
we recognize our dependence on you,
we see how you knit us together as one. 

We confess our own independence,
our own individualism and self-centeredness.
We too often say:
I don’t need you
I don’t need others
I can only rely on myself.

We see this has a crippling effect
not only on our society
not only on our churches
not only on our families and friends
but on our very souls.

Help us to be open to our needs,
help us to nurture into our lives
the very things necessary to see our
own interdependence.
May you also strengthen this community
and draw us together as one.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.