In my desire for justice & equality, may I not de-humanize those who disagree with my convictions.
May love and graciousness be my 1st & only response to a perceived enemy.
May I be slow to speak in anger and quick to act in reconciliation.
May only words of truth & empathy pass my lips or be written by my hands, that I may not slander even my enemy.
When others yell eye-for-an-eye, may I quietly listen for the small voice of compassion.
May I not try to be clever in my self-righteousness (or falsely humble).
In my desire for truth, may I not settle for the easy explanation that suits what I already want to believe.
May I be quick to give the benefit of the doubt, and when all doubt is gone, may I be quick to forgive, even when it’s not asked.
May I uphold another’s dignity even at the cost of my entitlements.
May my only defenses be a sifting of truth from lies and my own life lived as consistently as possible.