Prayer offered by Gary Walker

This was the prayer spoken Sunday morning, August 4, 2019 by Gary Walker

Adapted from a prayer posted by the Reformed Church in America

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.
We seek the answers only you can provide.
For the families of those who have been killed we pray.
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 – racial hatred, economic hatred, political hatred, social 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.
May we love those who we agree with and understand,
and even more so, Lord, those who we consider to be our enemies.
For political leaders who lack the will or the wisdom to do what needs to be done,
we pray that you would raise up new insight and new vision.
For the shooters and those who consider violent acts,
we pray you would still the evil that flows across their minds and their computer screens
– and replace that with love in a way that only you can accomplish.
Lord, most of all, we ask that you heal our sin-sick souls.

We pause now to pray individually …

Lord, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Spirit, have mercy.
Make these wounds whole, Lord.