Just when we thought we were healing, picking up the broken pieces and putting things back together, trusting one other and believing in our society, our nation once more, we find ourselves right back here again. Surrounded by chaos and conflict and confusion. Lost in the darkness of hatred and anger and prejudice and fear.
The mass shooting in Orlando last week is just one in a string of tragedies we've had to face as a nation. How do we respond? How do we lead? How do we pray?
In times of unspeakable tragedy and loss, times where it feels like hate is winning, and times when we feel afraid of what's to come, we pray for relief and redemption and grace.
For the hurting, grieving, and persecuted, we pray for comfort, peace, and security.
For the difficult conversations we're having as a nation and the challenging days ahead, we pray for guidance, wisdom, and justice.
When we don't know what to say or how to help, we pray that God would speak through us.
When it feels like God is silent, we pray for love and light and faith.
Let us pray.