“O God… In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge…

Be merciful to me, O God; be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
until the destroying storms pass by.
– Psalm 57:1

As a faith community striving after Christ’s more excellent way of faith, hope and love, our hearts break following the recent shootings at a  school in Texas, a church in California, and a store in New York. Words often fail at these times.

As we lament, let us offer our own heartbreak to one another.

As we approach Memorial Day, let us remember and respond to Jesus’ call to share his love and healing with this world. Let us join in worship on Sunday as we pray, sing, and listen together for the movement of the Spirit in this world that God so loves.

Here is a prayer written by the Rev. Laurie Kraus, the Associate Mission Director of Compassion, Peace and Justice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

God our shelter, hold us under the shadow of your wings as we bow before you in grief and pain. We pray for each family who has lost a beloved child, a parent, a friend; we pray for those who have witnessed horror, and are wounded in body or spirit, for each of them is a child made in your image.

We pray for ourselves, that we will find strength to support the brokenhearted, grace to find our way in the darkness of grief, anger and loss; light to sense your presence, even in the valley of the shadow of death.

Restore our hopes, our hearts, even as we weep with grief and tremble with anger. Fill us, your wounded, willing people, with a peace that passes understanding, the courage to nurture healing and hope, and the willingness to bear the Christ light, even in these days of shadow.

In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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