Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela.
Today I pray, “Dear God, How many roads must one walk before one may be free? Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:
“I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”
I pray for the oppressed and the oppressors. I pray for the persecuted and those who persecute. We must, in our prayers and in our attitude, desire peace for all people’s freedom. Systemic injustice stops when we are allowed to be free. Each and every one of us. It is hatred, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness that must end. So that none of us falls victim to something that should no longer exist in our modern-day world.