Prayers of the People
after April 2, 2014 Ft. Hood Shooting
The Light shines in the darkness
And the darkness cannot put out the Light.
As violence again ends lives and creates terror in our communities, we pray to you, steadfast God, for courage, wisdom, and strength.
Forgive, O loving God, the failure of your children that is represented in acts of violence. In your loving mercy forgive our failure to make peace with one another. Grant pardon to all who have contributed to war’s progress through ambition, belligerence, falsehood, suspicion, arrogance, animosity, and terror.
As peace recedes and the clatter of warfare begins to dominate we pray in petition:
God, grant new measures of courage to those who have experienced trauma. Where there is paralyzing fear and dread draw close to your children and give them hope. We pray for those whose lives were lost, and for loved ones who grieve them. We give thanks for responders, healers, and helpers who have stepped in to bring grace and light in the midst of darkness. Loving creator and sustainer, abide with all those who grieve in these days, and with all whose sense of safety has been shattered.
God of life and light, in the face of destructive violence we pray to you.
God of love and of life, power and might, no challenge is beyond your reach, no darkness too deep for your illumination, no wound so grievous as to be beyond your healing. Stir now to bring your Spirit among us, stilling, teaching, sustaining, comforting. Abide and keep all your creatures in your eternal care, no matter what harm we may try to inflict upon one another.
In a time when kindness and mercy are hidden from sight, we pray in thanksgiving that you are steadfast in your love and forgiveness.
Still those passions that set us to contend with one another, and breathe the spirit of peace into us. Guide those in power to bring an end to the violence and destruction of this moment. In your mercy and grace transform hearts and minds that we might end the bombing, end the violence, end the menacing, end the terror, end the hatred and finally end the warfare so that peace might have a chance.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.