A prayer for diversity

Neil Steinberg, a Sun-Times columnist, ponders whether there is a "prayer for diversity."

This enormous bounty — the dream of so many oppressed faiths for centuries — is not good enough for some. Believing their faiths to be drops of Truth from the lips of God, they want — no, they insist — that everybody else practice their religion too, compelled by law if need be. That society is steadily marching in the opposite direction — toward a tapestry of varying beliefs, all given equal respect — doesn’t even register.

I don’t go to church, so I can’t speak to whether this is a point of discussion among the faithful. It should be — there should be a diversity prayer, thanking God for making us in so many varieties (that is God’s handiwork, right? Or did He make just you, and the others are unfortunate mistakes?)

My guess is there is no such prayer.

Ah, but there is. No way to catalog them all, but they're easily found by Google. Here's one:

Prayer for Tolerance

By: Education for Justice

Dear Lord, we who are
divided
unloving
prejudiced at times
inclined to misunderstanding
intolerant

Make us instead
united
loving
open to learning
understanding and forgiving
tolerant

May your Spirit be present in us as you are in all peoples.

Neil, I meant to post this as a comment on your Sun-Times web site, but there didn't seem to be a place for comments.

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