This is the text of the prayer that I offered at the Medford Overcoming Addiction Prayer Service on March 22nd at Medford City Hall.
God of love, Creator of us all, we come together this night in vigil for all of those who we have lost to the disease of addiction.
We pray for those who have died.
We pray for those who lives were cut short.
We pray for all of us who grieve, those who have lost family and friends.
We pray for those who are currently lost in the darkness of addiction.
We pray for those who walk with you , o God, in recovery.
We pray to break the silence, to break the stigma, around addiction.
We pray to break the silence about the depth of the crisis of drugs in our own community.
We pray for this community to see and know hope.
The hope that comes through recovery.
The hope that comes through living day-by-day.
The hope that comes as we gather together as a community to be light to the darkness of addiction.
We pray for power.
Your power to change our lives.
Your power to end silence and stigma.
Your power to change our community. To change our community more fully into a place of health, of acceptance, of empowerment, of love.
We ask this in the name of the creator and lover of all life.
Here is the Medford Transcript story about this amazing event: