O God, who desires not sacrifice but mercy,
not a fast from food but from oppression in every form,
look with compassion on your people in Wisconsin,
part of whose legislature has locked the public
out of its chambers
and voted to end most collective bargaining rights
for state employees.
Anger rises, violence threatens,
but you, O Christ, show us the way of justice with peace.
Restore justice for those who are employed,
that employers and employees may again reason together,
and lead those who must confront
to speak and embody truth with love.