Christ, who wept over a city,
We are in deepest despair,
As we weep over the dead and injured in Orlando.
In anguish, we recognize the blood stains of hatred,
We hear the sounds of fear, the echoes of gun shots–
Once again, once again.
Christ, who came to bring us peace,
We turn to you in overwhelming sorrow.
How can we end this nightmare of violence,
How can we build a world of inclusion, of solidarity?
Give us the grace to reflect deeply
And to work ceaselessly to heal the hearts,
To stop the guns, to cherish all God’s children.
Christ, who endured violent suffering to bring us Light,
We pray for the dead, may they rest in peace.
We pray for the wounded, may they find healing.
We pray for our nation, may we end the hate.
We pray for our global family, may we learn we are one. Amen.
By Jane Deren, Ph.D.
Date Added: June 13, 2016