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Prayer For Orlando, 06.19.16

by on June 19, 2016

Oh Lord, heaviest upon our collective hearts this week are the consequences of our culture’s tolerance of bigotry, rage, and violence. We of course offer our prayers, so often with groans that our words cannot express, trusting that your Spirit intercedes according to your will for us. We pray as we did a year ago after the mass shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church, motivated by hatred of people of color. And now a year later, we pray after the mass shooting in Orlando, motivated by hatred of people who pursue love according to their nature. We are shocked that our own Vic and Karen wells so narrowly escaped gun violence as they left this worship service last week. Our culture allows such violence by glorifying incivility, by fomenting fear of those who are different, by facilitating the acquisition of weapons of mass murder. Forgive us, we pray, for our neglect of our duty to protect the lives of all your children. Forgive us, we pray, for failing to be the peacemakers who are blessed according to Jesus’ preaching. Forgive us for only praying and not acting against the forces of evil that rob us of joy, tranquility, and love. Guide us by your Spirit into the way of peace and justice revealed by Christ.

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