O Lord,

Open my eyes that I may see the needs of others.

Open my hears that I may hear their cries.

Open my heart so that they need not be without support.

Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong.

Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.

Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,

and use me to bring them to those places.

And so open my eyes and my ears

that I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for you.


–Alan Paton