Prayer for Odessa and Midland, Texas

God, who meets us on every road of life,
the road to Bethlehem
where all children are born,
the road to Damascus
when we turn our lives around
the road to Emmaus as you explain
what is really true in life,

we know you were also on the road
between Odessa and Midland today,
sitting beside every frightened driver,
every child in a car seat,
every passenger in a van,
searching with law enforcement,
working with paramedics,
running with the fearful,
sheltering in place with college students.

Stay beside those who grieve,
those who are wounded,
the ones who treat them
or wait beside them,
those who are so shaken
they wonder when they will sleep,
and those everywhere who wonder
if there will be weeping
in their town,
and, on their highway, miles of fear.

Bring us tonight to a gentle parking
of all our terrors,
and help us put a brake
on gun tragedies all around us. Amen.

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1 Response to Prayer for Odessa and Midland, Texas

  1. Elsa M Marshall says:

    Thank you once again Maren. Beautifully written, heart breaking.

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