Prayer for Orange Shirt Day
*Adapted from the Prayer for the Success of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
O God, we praise and thank You
for the blessings of life in Canada
from your natural bounty and from the work of human hands.
We ask you to open our ears
to the truths about our collective history
from survivors of residential schools.
We ask you to open our minds
to the complex and subtle ways
in which past mistakes, arrogance,
misuse of authority, and even sinfulness
have damaged our social fabric.
We ask you to open our hearts,
that we may continue to listen
even when the truth challenges us,
that we may commit ourselves in all humility
to do what we can,
and that we may support the efforts of others
to restore these broken relationships.
We pray with confidence that, by your grace,
we may grow into your community of love and forgiveness.
We make this prayer in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.