Today is World AIDS Day, a day to remember the men, women and children who have died from AIDS, to renew efforts to care for people living with HIV/AIDS, to increase education and awareness about HIV/AIDS and to honor those who battle this disease. For Christians, this day serves not only as an opportunity to address these goals but also a time to repent of past and on-going church-sponsored prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS. To commemorate this day (in addition to any other events you take part in), I invite you to say the following prayer with me. It is provided by Wes Jamison, a leader in the GLAD (Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples) Alliance.
God of Compassion,
you are with us here
and with all who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
You beckon us to be with the lonely,
to touch and heal those who suffer.
Stay with us and strengthen us
so we may learn to live with passion and compassion
through Jesus Christ, the One who offers healing to all
in the power of your Spirit, who tears down all walls that divide.