Prayer remembering Newtown

Sunday, December 14, 2014

God, I pray for peace in the mind
and hope in the heart
of brothers. sisters and classmates
of the children who died
at Sandy Hook Elementary
and in the ninety-five
other US school shootings
since that time.

There is a missing Clara
in the Nutcrakcer,
a child who won’t hear a bell
on some Polar Express ride,
a teen not dancing
under the stars of the disco ball

at the winter formal,
a college student
not cramming for finals,

and each one has friends.

I pray for all the young people
who are afraid of guns,
of loud noises,
or who are home schooled
because of fear.

I pray for some who hurt,
whose need for help and attention
is going unnoticed
right now,
and who are growing fascinated
by guns and their power.

I pray for the many with
access to guns,
for ones who want toy guns
this Christmas
and dream of play adventures
where everyone stands up
and goes home.

And for those
with the responsibility
we should all share –
teachers, administrators,
school therapists, first responders,
lawmakers, and parents –

on this unhappy anniversary,
I also pray. Amen.

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3 Responses to Prayer remembering Newtown

  1. Emily Geoghegan says:

    Thank you, Maren!

  2. Timothy Harbert says:

    Sigh, we pray for Wisdom to infect people, maybe even airborne.

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