One nation, many strands

E Te Atua, kaitiaki o te kawenata,
God, guardian of your covenant:
In every age you keep your word,
calling us all from bondage to freedom,
from death to abundant life.

As one nation of many peoples, help us
to rejoice in the differences that enrich us,
and to work at overcoming those that divide.
Bind us as diverse strands of a single rope,
whose strength lies in what each piece brings.

Let us see how the common good is at risk
when some are marginalized or left behind.

In our diversity that reflects the richness
of your gifts, may the justice and aroha we share
mirror your love and compassion for us all,
in mercy’s name.

These prayers originally appeared as part of the monthly reflection Imaging Mercy Today, written by Dennis Horton, a member of He Waka Tiaki, the mission team of Tiaki Manatu Mercy Ministries New Zealand. They may be reproduced and used with acknowledgment.

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