A PRAYER FOR SANDY HOOK SHOOTINGS
(This morning I posted about finding inspiration in reflecting on death. I’ve removed the post because of the events this afternoon.)
I thought I was going to throw up when I walked into work today. On the news were scenes from a horror film. Except it was real. A young man went on a shooting rampage in an elementary school. There was a traffic jam of ambulances. A slew of black bags with dead bodies inside. Parents weeping. Newscasters and the president crying on television.
20+ families have Christmas presents wrapped underneath their trees that they’re going to have to figure out what to do with now.
If that’s not hell on earth, I don’t know what is.
Christians, join me in prayer this weekend. For the victims and their families. For the shooter’s family. For the community.
Father, forgive us…We don’t know what we’re doing. We’re lost, and eating each other alive. Forgive us for the things we’ve done. Forgive us for the things we’ve left undone. Clear out the evil in our lives, and restore the joy of salvation. Bring heaven to earth through our words and deeds. Have mercy on us. Lord, give us the strength to forgive. May we seek peace in the wake of violence. Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen