Prayer for Peace

In light of the tragic events in Manchester, England this week< I thought this prayer found on addressed many of the concerns and emotions so many of us feel but, words can’t express.

A Prayer for Peace in Our Country and World

Dear God,

“If there’s one thing I know for sure right now, it’s that the world wasn’t meant to be like this.

Nice, France, Orlando, Dallas, Alton, Sterling, Philando, Castile. These names, and too many others like them, are my nation’s newest synonyms for tragedy. For the friends and family of those who have died, they represent moments of agony that can never be unwritten. For those whose race or sexuality or occupation has given them reason to fear the same kind of violence, they are threats, reminders that catastrophe is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

Even for me, though these names are little more than headlines to weep over and shake my fist at, they still leave me reeling. They make me wonder how much longer the world as I know it can possibly survive. They make me wonder what can I do, how should I respond, if I too am complicit in this violence.

But you, God, know these names better than any of us. They’re not just names to you. You’ve studied every detail of every life damaged or lost in these tragedies. You’ve numbered the hairs on every head, gathered every tear. The people I’ve only ever known as victims, you’ve known all along as reflections of your image.

You know far better than I that the world wasn’t made for hatred and pain. You’re the one who knew our human race from the very beginning, the one who breathed life into our dust and called us very good. You know how beautiful we were intended to be.

So if my heart is breaking right now, surely your heart must be breaking too.

I pray to you not as someone distant and aloof, but as someone near to me, near to us, even in the middle of chaos. I don’t have to shout to get your attention. You are close enough to hear my broken whispers. No matter how strong or weak I feel, no matter how much or how little faith I can muster, I’ll start by whispering this:

Give us peace.” Gregory Coles

“I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

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