God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,

As the sound of gunfire again echoes over another American city,

              we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.

As death rained down from above in the dark of night,

We pray this day for the Sun of Righteousness to arise with healing in its wings,

             and rain mercy, grace and peace upon our broken people.


So many have been lost: brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends

       gathered in the unity of music, scattered by evil and hatred.

We pray for solace for all who loved them.   

We pray for those who have been spared and those whose lives are changed forever

     that they may find healing, sustenance, and strength in the hard days to come.


We give thanks for first responders:

              who ran toward gunfire, rather than away

              who dropped everything to save the wounded and comfort survivors

We pray for doctors and nurses and mental health providers

              who repair what has been broken

               who to try to  bring healing and hope

             in the face of the unchecked principalities and powers of violence .

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering and traumatized.


We cry, how long, O Lord? 

But the same words echo back, again and again

as if the question comes to us from You— how long, how long, how long…

In the wake of an event that should be impossible to contemplate

     but which has become all too common in our experience,

              open our eyes,  break our hearts,

              and turn our hands to the movements of your Spirit,

              that our anger and sorrow may unite in service to build a reign of peace,

              where the lion and the lamb may dwell together,

               and terror no longer holds sway over our common life.

In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray,  Amen.



Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus

                      Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance




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