PRAYER IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE
God of loving-kindness,
you hold all situations and souls in your hands and
you are our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in times of trouble.
You sent Christ into the world
that we might have life
and have it abundantly;
he came as the Prince of Peace
to a world that is too often violent.
We come to you in grief
for those whose lives are cut short or are now forever changed; and
we come to you in sorrow and anger
at the violence in our streets, communities, and across the globe.
Give us strength to be a comfort to those in sorrow;
give us wisdom to be voices of peace in moments of chaos, tension and fear;
and give us courage to be a force for change in our communities.
And in your grace, let us see the day when the circumstances that lead to violence are transformed into opportunities for peace and healing.
These things we pray in Jesus’ name.