Prayer for When There is Justice

God of Justice, thank you for decisions which acknowledge communities that have suffered for far too long. Thank you for the dignity that can be bestowed by acknowledging truth and taking courageous steps toward healing. Thank you that the image of God resides in and calls out from the periphery. You have always been a part of the margins, Lord, and I praise you for these moments in which the downtrodden have advocates, in which happy tears are spilled when what is right prevails. 

God of Justice, thank you that you are present behind prison bars, as well. Thank you for the thief on the cross next to yours, who was living out his punishment and yet had eyes to see and desperate sentences with which to acknowledge you. Thank you that the image of God exists in and moves beneath even the most broken of humans. You have always offered us renewal, Lord, and I praise you for these moments in which accountability steps forward, in which a new, better path reveals itself. 

God of Justice, restore. God of Justice, restore. 

Amen.

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