A Prayer for Our Children
God, we have heard it, sounding in the silence:
News of the children lost to this world's violence.
Children of promise!
Then, without a warning, loved ones are mourning.
Jesus, you came to bear our human sorrow;
You came to give us hope for each tomorrow.
You are our life, Lord, God's own love revealing.
We need your healing.
Heal us from giving weapons any glory;
Help us O Prince of Peace, to hear your story;
Help us resist the evil all around here;
May love abound here!
By your own Spirit, give your church a clear voice;
In this world's violence, help us make a new choice.
Help us to witness to the joy your peace brings,
Until your world sings!
How long, O Lord? How long? Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.