O Lord of life, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens: Our hearts have once again been broken by violence and gunfire; this time in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. Our eyes waste away with grief. Our spirit shakes with terror. How long, O Lord, how long?
Grant, O Lord, eternal rest to all who died in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the departed, through your mercy, rest in peace.
Remember in your love and compassion all who mourn and grieve the death of family and friends. Nourish them with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, strengthen them to meet the days ahead, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace.
Draw near in this time of sorrow and anguish. Strengthen those who are weary, encourage those who despair, and lead us all to the fullness of life.
As you, O Lord, weep for the sorrows of your children, so let us weep for the sorrows of our brothers and sisters. Give us tears of compassion that our hearts may not become desensitized to violence or hardened and stored up with fear, prejudice, or indifference.
We thank you for the first responders, doctors, nurses, and unknown neighbors who gave of themselves to care for the victims of these shootings. Send you holy angels to sustain, guard, and protect them.
Give wisdom, creativity, and perseverance to all who work for unity, peace, concord, and the freedom of all people. Guide the President and Congress of the United States in the ways of your peace, nonviolence, and justice.
How long, O Lord, how long? Open our ears to hear our question to you as yours to us. How long, O my people? How long?
Give us the faith to say our prayers and the courage to act and work for change and the well being of all people.
All this we ask through your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
sigh, I have to say I am having a hard time keeping faith to say my prayers… this just keeps happening again and again and again. my prayers seem to be disappearing into a black hole.
Diana, I know that feeling. Another shooting, another prayer. And then what? I see that question as more for me, for us, than for God. I think prayer is as much a call to us as to God.
Peace and faith to you.
Conversation with God is one thing. Conversation with one and another is the other component. Building interpersonal relationships in resolving conflicts. Simple in words but tough to practice because we have to break away from our defense and differences.
Sing, that’s right. We should pray but let’s not leave this up to God. The shootings, I think, are a symptom of something deeper, not just the divisions between us but the divisions within us. Thank you for your insights and reminder of this.
Peace be with you.
I will pray this prayer every morning until something is done to bring our people to the table and make changes to help eliminate these horrific massacres.
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Thank you Patricia. Yes, we need prayer and change. We need to follow our prayers with change, give action to what we speak.
Peace be with you.