As we mourn for those affected by these tragedies, I invite you to join in praying these words adapted from the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice:
Lord, in our shock and confusion, we come before you
In our grief and despair in the midst of hate
in our sense of helplessness in the face of violence,
we lean on you.
For the families of those who have been killed we pray.
For the shooters—help us to pray, Lord.
For the communities that have lost members—their anger, grief, fear—we pray.
For the churches striving to be your light in darkness beyond our comprehension, we pray.
In the face of hatred, may we claim love, Lord.
May we love those far off and those near.
May we love those who are strangers and those who are friends.
ay we love those who we agree with and understand,
and even more so, Lord, those who we consider to be our enemies.
Kyrie Eleison. Lord, have mercy.
Heal our sin-sick souls.
Make these wounds whole, Lord. Amen
It was 1997 and I had had an annual, routine mammogram which revealed a small lump. My doctor was not overly concerned but sent me to a surgeon for a consult. My surgeon was also not overly concerned but said, “You know, you and I will both sleep a lot better as soon as that lump is out.”
The real value – our real, lasting legacy – is the love we have created that lives on after we have left this earthly plane.