Prayers and Reflections for the 16 days.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Lord, today we make a commitment to take a stand:
to say ‘no more 1 in 3’,
to use our eyes to see where change needs to be made,
to use our voices to challenge injustice in our world.
May we support people experiencing abuse,
enabling them to reach their full potential and may we call for change.
God bless you with insight to recognise violence in all its forms,
and courage to name it, speaking out for justice.
The Lord Jesus bless you with compassion for the vulnerable,
and grace to stand with them, sharing his strength.
The Holy Spirit bless you with a prayerful heart,
and power to breathe peace, transforming the world.
The blessing of the holy and glorious Trinity,
eternal Wisdom, living Word, abiding Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
(With thanks to the Anglican Church of Australia)
Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
(St Teresa of Avila)