sad-status-for-Whatsapp-and-FacebookLord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

The pain and grief is more than we can imagine…and more anyone should have to face.

The senseless loss of life is incomprehensible.

Inexcusable.

So, we pray.

Or at least we start with prayer.

We know there is more to it than simply praying,

although our prayers remind us of Whose we are

and that we are all in this together.

We pray, first of all, for You to provide the comfort and strength needed by victims of        violence to face what is certainly the devastating aftershock of a nightmare.

We pray, also, not only for the removal of evil from violent hearts that lash out at others,

but that You first eradicate from our own hearts and lives all violence:

In our thoughts.

In our actions.

In our words.

We choose for ourselves to forgo violence in words and actions

to settle disputes and disagreements.

And we accept our responsibility to model and teach others that violence is too quickly   our response, which results in damage that is beyond repair.

Forgive us for passively praying and then sitting on the sidelines

waiting for someone else – You? – to act on in our stead.

And remind us of our responsibility to work for what we pray for.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

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