Prayer for Virginia Beach

God of tenderness in the midst
of the deepest violence,
when we have only words
of comfort to offer
but can hardly find then
scrambling, lost ourselves, in the chaos
of facing gun tragedy again,

give us voice —
to weep with those who grieve,
care for those who are injured,
offer peace to those
who become more fearful every day —
especially our children.

Guide those who work beside
or teach or are neighbor
to someone who is fraying inside.
Help us learn to care for trauma
for it will shape the future
of people in every corner of this country,

and give courage,
persistence, wisdom, righteous anger,
to those who will break the laws of permission
and make the laws that strip away
this culture of the gun.

But tonight, O God, dry tears. amen

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