Retired SA bishop pens prayer inspired by George Floyd killing in US

Protesters in Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth yesterday, responding to the recent killing of George Floyd in police custody in the US (PHOTO: Friedlin Adriaan/Herald Live)

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States has triggered racial justice protests across America and in many nations, including South Africa.

A former Anglican Bishop of Port Elizabeth, Eric Pike, has been moved by the tragic incident to write a prayer which is published below.

Explaining his response, Bishop Eric writes: “I know that we have many extremely pressing Covid-19 related issues in our own country and abroad which demand our prayers right now.

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“However, in addition to all the coronavirus pandemic issues which press heavily on all of our hearts, I have to say that the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the United States has disturbed me greatly.

“I felt led by The Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday to seek God’s forgiveness for my part, as a product of Western Civilisation, in George Floyd’s death and to share this prayer, which I believe God gave me.

“These are troubled times and we so much need our gracious God to guide us.

“With every blessing in Christ Jesus

“Yours in Him”.