In the face of terrible tragedy
We are in anguish.
We feel helpless, drowning
in tears we can’t extinguish.
Let our sorrow power our resolve
to work at bettering our world,
to protect the victims involved,
as our banner of care is unfurled.
Let determination and our skills
Ensure injustice is defeated,
and that peace is fulfilled,
so such tragedy is never repeated.
We have been shattered into pieces
divisive patter has demeaned us
Let’s commit to redeem peace around us.
In this room
In this city,
Let our faith bloom in the gritty places
Among all creeds and races.
Let our Rotary service
shine to all who observe us.
For free use within Rotary. Please give acknowledge Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary as the author when you present the invocation. Please also leave a message for her in the comments so others know where and when this invocation has been used.
(First published on ShawnBird.com November 9, 2016)