The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly. It is a day dedicated to promoting friendship between individuals, countries, and cultures that can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. This day calls us to reach out to those different from ourselves with open listening and sharing, in order to promote personal relationships. By so doing, we strengthen the bonds of human solidarity and strike at the root cause of violence, war and division.This helps create understanding, which can lead to true friendship. Recognizing the blessings of our diverse gifts and creating personal bonds with one another help to create the peaceful world that we all desire.
God, we thank you for creating the human family with all its wonderful diversity. Please forgive us for all the times when we have let our differences divide us from one another and from you. Bless us with open and respectful hearts, to share and listen to each other’s stories. Lead us to understanding and solidarity, appreciation and friendship.