From the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Reflections magazine
by the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
Lord, you have borne the pain of the whole world.
You know our pain.
It is almost more than we can bear:
A season of homes and cities destroyed
by wind, rain, fire, and flood.
A season of earthquake and mud,
displacement and overwhelming debris.
A season of deranged and senseless murder of innocents.
People enjoying music, recreation, daily life and now this
A massacre of children, women, men, elders
gathered in peaceful worship.
It is almost more than we can bear.
Be with them, Lord.
Gather the souls that have departed this earth.
Be with the wounded, the bereaved,
the homeless, the jobless.
Be with the motherless, fatherless.
Be with the mothers and fathers who wail
because their children are no more.
Help us to be with them, too.
Shore up our faith, and restore theirs.
Let your light shine, Lord,
Let it shine through us
into the deepest darkness of the human soul
Let it shine into communities shattered
by cosmic evil, corporate evil, individual evil.
We renounce it, Lord – we renounce the evil.
We turn to you, Jesus.
We accept you as our savior and Lord;
we put our whole trust in your grace and love.
Do not abandon us in this struggle.
Give us strength, that we do not abandon our neighbors.
Pour down your mercy.
Pour down your peace.
Pour down your love.
In a world staggering in pain and confusion,
Make us channels of your poured-down grace.
We claim your promises, Lord,
for ourselves and for all your children,
And we beg for your healing blessing.
All this we ask in the holy name of the living God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of the world.