Prayer: Grieving Our Lost Children

Here is a prayer I want to share with you from Walter Brueggemann. This prayer is titled Grieving Our Lost Children and is an appropriate prayer in light of the tragedy in Orlando.

Another brutality, another school killing,
another grief beyond telling…and loss…
in Colorado, in Wisconsin, among the Amish,
in Virginia, in San Bernardino*, in Orlando*
Where next?

We are reduced to weeping silence,
even as we breed a violent culture,
even as we kill the sons and daughters of our “enemies”
even as we fail to live and cherish and respect
the forgotten of our common life.

There is no joy among us as we
empty our schoolhouses;
there is no health among us as we
move in fear and bottomless anxiety

There is little hope among us as we
fall helpless before the gunshot
and the shriek and the blood and the panic;
we pray to you only because we do not
know what else to do.

So we pray, move powerfully in our body politic,
move us toward peaceableness that does not
want to hurt or to kill; move us toward justice
that the troubled and the forgotten
may know mercy

Move us toward forgiveness that we
may escape the trap of revenge.
Empower us to turn our weapons
to acts of mercy, to turn our missiles
to gestures of friendship, to turn
our bombs to policies of reconciliation;
and while we are turning, hear our sadness,
our loss, our bitterness

We dare to pray our needfulness to you
because you have been there on that
gray Friday, and watch your own Son
be murdered for “reasons of state”

Good God, do Easter!
Here and among these families,
here and in all places of brutality.

Move our Easter grief now…without too
much innocence – to your Sunday joy.
We pray in the one crucified and risen
who is our Lord and Savior

*added to the original prayer

Here are also several of articles that to help you think and process yesterday’s tragic events:

We Begin Today

Fearing Our Fears

If/Then on Christian Responsibility in Orlando

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