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As people of various beliefs, we all know our connection as brothers and sisters to everyone and that we are all one within the web of life of the Creator. Out of a deep and responsible Love we gather today to pray for a just and compassionate federal budget.
Religious leaders have called on the Deficit Super Committee members and Congress, as they consider our nation's fiscal health, to focus on job creation, revenue increases, and reduction of military spending that is unnecessary and/or duplicative.
May God, the Holy One and Creator bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live deep within our hearts.
At Injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people and the earth
So that we may work for justice, freedom, peace and integrity of creation.
May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, freedom, peace and integrity of creation.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world,
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all children and people
Who are poor and oppressed
And bring healing to the Earth.
Spirit of God, renew the hearts of all of us who are gathered here. Inspire Congress and the administration to act justly and to protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, here and around the world. Reinvigorate our nations' vision of the common good.
May God, our Creator and parent, breathe into us new life and new meaning. May the Wisdom of God
breathe into us new hope and new awareness. May the Spirit of God breathe into a new spirit and new understanding of the world in which we live. AMEN.
(Vigil script put together by Joan Brown, OSF, Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light. Bread New Mexico and New Mexico Conference of Churches cosponsored the vigil).