When the bonds of love are breaking, hands that linked withdraw and hide, eyes that once had met in candor now, distrustful, turn aside, God of healing, reconcile!
When our tongues are silent, sullen, closing doors through which love came, or, when words are fiery arrows wounding others with their flame, God of healing, reconcile!
When the bridges that we travelled have collapsed and left a void, when the chasm seems to widen, separating souls once joined, God of healing, reconcile!
God, in Christ you crossed the chasm when our hearts were far from you! Grant us grace to reach to others, broken bonds repair, renew! God of healing, reconcile!
(Hermann G. Stuempfle Jr., 1923-2007)