Cornerstone Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 31

In Line, Munich Sujay Natson ’16 A Prayer for Brown and RISD REVEREND KIRSTIN BOSWELL-FORD Associate University Chaplain for the Protestant Community ...if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal the land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV) O God in whom we live, move, and have our being, we come before you humbly, seeking your favor. You gave us the gift of salvation through your Son, Jesus, and through the example of His life, you have shown us how to live our own. Lord, God, we welcome you into our hearts, minds, and souls. As we engage in our academic pursuits, let us not forget that it is you who are directing our paths. We pray that you make those pathways straight and we will seek to lean not unto our own understanding, but to acknowledge your presence in all that we do in this season of our lives, and beyond. We ask, O God, that you help us to turn firmly from the wickedness that is so evident in our world. Help us to be agents of change in a time that is fraught with social ills such as: systematic racism; sexism; violence; and abuse of all kinds. Help us to be that city on a hill, confidently shining our light into the darkness around us, and to push on until justice and righteousness do indeed roll down like the waters of a mighty stream. God, allow our time at Brown to be one in which we heartily seek to be men and women of God, called by your name, and appealing to you in heaven to heal our world. We ask that you send the Holy Spirit down among us like tongues of fire that inhabit our worship of you, and our care for each other as you did for your followers over 2000 years ago. Through our faithfulness to you and to your word, allow your church to be reborn and your word to be spread across campus, and to the very ends of the earth. Amen. Fall 2015 29