Rev. Juanita Lowe

The Most Rev. Mark MacDonald,  National Indigenous Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, wrote the following prayer before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

God of our Ancestors, 
who holds the spirits of our grandmothers and grandfathers 
and the spirits of our grandchildren, 
Remembering the Children, 
we now pledge ourselves to speak the Truth, 
and with our hearts and our souls 
to act upon the Truth we have heard of the injustices lived, 
of the sufferings inflicted, 
of the tears cried, 
of the misguided intentions imposed, 
and of the power of prejudice and racism 
which were allowed to smother the sounds and laughter of the forgotten children. 
Hear our cries of lament for what was allowed to happen, 
and for what will never be. 
In speaking and hearing and acting upon the Truth 
may we as individuals and as a nation 
meet the hope of a new beginning. 

Great Creator God who desires that all creation live in harmony and peace, 
Remembering the Children we dare to dream of a Path of Reconciliation 
where apology from the heart leads to healing of the heart 
and the chance of restoring the circle, 
where justice walks with all, 
where respect leads to true partnership, 
where the power to change comes from each heart. 
Hear our prayer of hope, 
and guide this country of Canada on a new and different path.   Amen.