Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Prayer of rejoicing in national apology to survivors of institutional sex abuse in Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Heavenly Father, today we rejoice in the breaking news that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology by the end of the year to survivors of institutional child sex abuse. Thank you that he has already shared the three words survivors long to hear, “I believe you.” Lord, we know this kind of abuse leaves lifelong marks. We know an apology and financial redress will not erase the wounds. But we also know that the apology can be a great part of the healing process. So, Lord, we do pray for healing for these survivors. We pray this apology will be a balm on their souls. We pray for the complicated financial implications of this situation. May any compensation come about in a way that honors you and truly helps survivors. We pray for the survivor-focused reference group that is going to craft the apology for Prime Minister Turnbull. Guide this group as they seek to develop such a significant document, and bless the prime minister for his leadership in this process. Finally, Lord, we pray again for healing for those who received abuse rather than protection from the institutions where they took shelter. May they find full healing and comfort in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

1 comment:

  1. The apology has happened!