"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering." (Romans 12:1, MSG)

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Word of Prayer - Prayer for our Children

In the wake of yet another mass shooting on a school campus, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, I offer this prayer - hymn lyrics written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette in response to the Columbine massacre in 1999.

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.

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