Last week, ABAM joined faith communities from all over the country in celebrating the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. The goals of this week were to bring attention and awareness to the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., to initiate dialogue about education, treatment and care, and of course to pray for strength and healing for all those infected with and affected by the virus. Here is the opening prayer we read at each of our services:
O God, God of the joyful and God of those who mourn,
God of the healthy and God of the sick,
God of the wealthy and God of the poor,
God of the gay and God of the straight,
God of the weary and God of the strong,
God of the sober and God of the addicted,
God of the fearful and God of the trusting,
God of the abused and God of the abuser,
God of us all,
Bring us each and all into the safe space of your presence
For we all need safe space in order to heal.
Bring us into safe space, free from our judgments of others and of ourselves.
Bring us into safe space, free to live without requiring lies of each other.
Teach us to advocate for and protect each other.
Teach us to hold each other up and calm each fear.
Heal the wounds of distrust and betrayal.
Heal the wounds of rejection and shame.
Grant that we may be a people who trust in you
and embrace each other in the name of Peace and Love.
Grant that in this space, in our lives, and in our community,
The healing may begin.
Grant that in this safe space the silence will be broken
So that the healing of HIV and AIDS may begin.