Spiritual Practice

Prayer of Remembrance

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

We thank you, God of Love and Justice,
that you are forever working within us and among us,
in our hearts and in our world,
to create wholeness and freedom,
compassion and connection,
equity and reconciliation;
And so we pray for your love and justice to fill our world,
as the waters cover the sea.

We pray for bold prophets to speak your truth
wherever our fears and certainties
drown out your wisdom;

We pray for courageous leaders to show the way
whenever the complexities and confrontations of our world
leave us confused and overwhelmed;

We pray for wise teachers to open our eyes, minds and hearts
whenever new challenges and opportunities
require us to find new solutions and resources;

We pray for humble servants to demonstrate grace and sacrifice
wherever self-interest and expediency
bring destruction and suffering on our world;


And we pray that the legacy of the Nelson Mandelas of our world
will inspire, challenge, guide and equip us,
to participate in the work of justice and peacemaking,
of reconciliation and healing,
of inclusion and sharing,
that our world so desperately needs.
This is our prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.


—excerpted from an Americanized version of a Nelson Mandela Memorial Liturgy, from The Methodist Church of South Africa. Written by John van de Laar © 2011 by Sacredise.


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