God, this is the fast that you choose –
to weep with those who mourn
seventeen people dead today
at Stoneman Douglas High School,
and remember in prayer those who have
lost children in all eighteen
of this year’s school shootings.
to support those still healing,
and those helping today’s wounded,
to sustain those tomorrow
who will counsel young people
who saw death and injury
and those who continue to counsel
in trauma and fear
for weeks, months, years to come.
God this is the fast that you choose –
to invest as much in the care
for mental illness
and personality disorder syndromes,
as in the celebration of sporting events.
God, this is the fast that you choose —
to bind the weapons,
to speak against violent imagery
and a society that glorifies violence,
to educate children of peace,
and to change the Constitution.
With every cross on every forehead, O God,
we remember that we are holy dust,
and promise to live
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
raising up generations who know they are loved
repairing the desperate breaches in our society,
and restoring safe places to live in.Amen
with words from Isaiah 58