Prayer after the Gun Tragedy in Buffalo, New York

God have mercy on those weeping
for beloved ones who died today
in the Tops supermarket.

God have mercy on those injured in body
and bless those who care for them.

God have mercy on those injured in mind
because they were there
and because they will remember
their fear twenty years from now,

or because they need to go somewhere
tomorrow to buy groceries
so that their families can eat,

or because they feed their families
by stocking produce, being a cashier,
or returning carts, or filling shelves.

God, have mercy on every Black person
in this country targeted today
by a white supremacist
in military grade helmet and body armor
with a Bushmaster XM-15 E2S
Sporter semi-automatic rifle,
a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun,
a Savage Arms Axis XP bolt-action rifle.

God have mercy on pastors preaching,
and planning funerals,
churches praying and bringing food,
grief counselors making themselves
available for all who need to talk
and school counselors responding
to the fears of teenagers
and kindergarten nightmares,

local government, law enforcement,
social services preparing
to do whatever is needed,

for neighbors being neighbors,
and all the rest of us
taking the means of such death away. Amen.

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8 Responses to Prayer after the Gun Tragedy in Buffalo, New York

  1. thank you so much, God have mercy AMEN πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ˜Š

  2. smstrouse says:

    Thank you, Maren. I am in in Buffalo right now. I lived and ministered here for 17 years. Today I led a congregational retreat on how to have conversations across political/cultural/religious divides. It feels like for every step forward an incident like this sets us back again. My heart is breaking.

    • Maren says:

      I am grateful you led that retreat which can be an anchor for the folks in that church. But yes, every time we turn around …

  3. mbmankin says:

    Thank you for your prayer. This is such a reminder of our Boulder grocery store shooting, yet this seems infinitely worse, with all the racially targeted hatred revealed. How can we change the rhetoric that feeds such a mindset?

    • Maren says:

      I wish I knew the answer. Person by person is my old fashioned answer but in a world dominated by social media, there must be more.

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