Intentional Ministry of Prayer 2017 - Focus on Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Intentional Ministry of Prayer 2017 -
Focus on Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

 


Survivor child sexual abuseAs we are challenged and confronted with the reality of what has been exposed during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, we take as our focus for our Intentional Ministry of Prayer for this year, the Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.

This focus encompasses all who live with the effects of these crimes. As Francis Sullivan said at the commission, ‘let’s not forget the ripples of abuse.’ Those who, as children were abused and who were not believed by those in authority; their family, friends and carers who experienced their pain as they lived with the shame and self-loathing; the people in faith communities across our country whose trust and faith have been shattered by such betrayal and the priests and religious who have done nothing wrong yet live in the shadow of such betrayal.

Let our prayers continue to be for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and for those affected by the ripples of this abuse.

The words of David Haas’ hymn on his album God Is Here, entitled ‘God Weeps’ captures the suffering of such pain 

God Weeps

God Weeps

at love withheld

at strength misused

at children’s innocence abused

until we change the way we love

God weeps

  

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God Grieves

at angers fist

at trust betrayed

at women battered and afraid

until we change the way we live

God grieves

 

God Cries

at hungry mouths

at running sores

at creatures dying without cause

until we change the way we care

God cries

 

God Waits

for stones to melt

for peace to seed

for hearts to hold each other’s needs

until we understand the cross

God waits