Baptism Prayer

God of many waters, of death and of life
Baptism is a reminder
that t you there is no divide between women and men
but to us, there is
women work more, for less pay
suffer more injustice
live in greater poverty
this is not yet the world that you want

To you, there are no national distinctions; all are one
but to us, there are these distinctions
3000 Americans lost is a tragedy
hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lost is collateral damage
we build walls and lay razor wire
to keep people out when all they want is to work
this is not yet the world you are calling into being

We enslave ourselves while you make us free
we are violent when you say “peace”
we draw lines where you make us one
we help ourselves, and die by degrees
when to help others is to be alive

May your Baptism continue within us all
of water, of the Spirit, of fire
may we all be made one in you
may all that divides us fall away
may this become the world you are calling into being

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