God of all oppressed persons,

God of all oppressed persons, remind us of your presence in voices of protest; shatter our self-complacent faith in liberty freely given; and remind us of the cost of hard-won freedom.

Let the pain of strangled dreams return us to a knowledge of our own triumphs in the struggle to be free. Shatter our freedom, and let us learn to accept responsibility for the lives of all the yearning people of the world. Amen.