Prayers for Jacksonville, Florida

For family and friends of three who died,
we pray for comfort and peace.
For gamers of all kinds, shocked and frightened,
we pray for community.
For Floridians sad in their souls
after Pulse and Parkland
Ft. Lauderdale airport,
and now Jacksonville,
we pray for body’s safety,
an easing of anxiety
and the ever-presence of grief.

For all of us who have become fearful
where we eat or play,
travel or dance,
where we shop, worship, learn,
that a bullet may take life away,
we pray for the courage
that changes –
it wasn’t me today, into –
may there be no such weepings
in any mother’s tomorrows.

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