God, in a time of viral death
we are unprepared for violent death
in a time when we are taught
that staying-at-home is safest,
we are shocked
by invasion of home,
and death on the city street,
and what is so sadly back-page-news
in Canada’s southern neighbor,
moves to the front of our hearts,
for, Holy One, we grieve
the seventeen people fallen
to gun violence from Portapique
to Enfield, Nova Scotia.
We pray for your gentle comfort
to surround those who mourn
in memories and tenderness.
Be a refuge for those
whose homes were burned
and ease fear in this country
that works hard to prevent gun tragedy.
And we pray for law enforcement
who realize how very easily
a car and a uniform
can camouflage a terrible threat.