Every day should be a day to focus on improving human rights. However, on this day we remember the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.
The season of Advent is meant to be a time of anticipation of opportunities to encounter Christ in our lives and in our world. Fittingly, within this season, on Human Rights day, our Advent theme calls us to open our imaginations to inspire us to be participants in God’s kingdom of hope and justice, seeking to find the face of Christ in all human beings.
Loving God, open our hearts, so that we may feel the breath and play of your Spirit. Unclench our hands so that we may reach out to one another, and touch and be healed. Open our lips that we may drink in the delight and wonder of life. Unclog our ears to hear your agony in our humanity. Open our eyes, so that we may see Christ in friend and stranger. Breathe your Spirit into us, and touch our lives with the life of Christ. Amen.
[From Out of the Darkness: paths to inclusive worship, Australian Council of Churches, Canberra, 1986.]