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|A Response to Tragedy and Trauma - April 19, 2013||Greetings to all of you. Once again we are faced with the joint horrors of trauma and tragedy in both Boston and Texas. I ask that you pray for the residents of the city of Boston: prayers of thanksgiving that the second suspect is in custody, prayers for healing after suffering the shock of the planned attack on one of their great celebrations. I’m sure it is no accident that the incidents occurred on Patriot’s Day. Pray also for the small town in Texas where so many lives have been completely changed by the explosion at the fertilizer plant. Life will never be the same for any of the residents, and the mourning will continue for months. While it is tempting for us to fall into the trap of fear and paranoia ourselves, God calls us to be people of hope in extraordinary circumstances. The church is called to be a beacon, to be a place of inspiration as well as comfort. The world needs the witness of people who do not allow their hope to be stolen by terrorists or murderers, who find their true joy in places where others would think it unimaginable. Those around us need to see faithful people who act in genuine compassion and who help those in need, pointing the way always to our true healer, Christ Jesus. We need to remember that we are called to minister to others because it is the example He has set for us. The best witness to give the world is to continue to live our own lives with confidence, with joy and with hope, because as we read in Matthew 6: 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be…25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Pray hard, and serve God and his people with joy. I continue to do the same. ML+||04-22-2013|
|A Prayer for Sandy Hook Victims|
Submitted by: Mother Laurie
|Gracious God: What is this? What has happened? How could such horrific violence be perpetrated against the least of society, our schoolchildren? We do not understand, O God. This happens too often and in too many places—in malls, schools, movie theatres, street corners, and meetings. We remember the words of the Psalmist, “My soul is struck with terror” (Psalm 6.3), for we feel the same. What we feel today is different than fear, deeper than pain. Our souls have been struck with terror, for the little children who died had hopes, dreams, and joys of their own. In them we see our own children and grandchildren, and we mourn alongside their parents and grandparents. We mourn for their teachers, also, who selflessly spend their lives providing care, love, and nurture. O sovereign God, we remember your promise, that you “heal the broken-hearted, and bind up their wounds” (Psalm 147.3). Be with those whose grief is inconsolable. Walk the path of mourning they now face alongside them, for only you, O God, have shoulders strong enough to bear this burden. This is Advent, a time of waiting in darkness that we may see the light. And the darkness is dense now, O God. You said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10.14). Forgive us if we cannot yet see the light. Embrace the little ones we could not protect. Give them a peaceful home in your everlasting care. We pray to you, O God, for we trust in the truth that we are yours. All of us. The innocent and the guilty. The student and the teacher. In life and in death, we belong to you. As we grieve and spend time with our families, may we find the strength to love. May we be ever mindful of our responsibilities to you, O God, and to all of your children. May we be grateful for the gift of life. We pray in the name of the child who came to save us from ourselves, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen.||12-15-2012|