A prayer for times of violence and despair
Holy and mysterious God,
be present with us in these times of distress.
Walk with us through the tragedy of the violence.
Help us see our role in the violence of this world.
Let us not be agents of injustice,
not be spectators to tragedy,
but help us be part of the healing.
Tenderly hold our grief, fear, and disappointment
in your loving arms.
Help us to see your hand
at work in the world around us,
restoring the broken places of
our lives and world
to the wholeness you desire.
Show us how we can be
your hands in the world.
Direct us to recognize how we can help.
through your Holy Spirit
to mend the tattered shards of despair
into a cloth of comfort and hope.
Guide our hearts and minds
that our anger
can become compassion,
turn into acts of grace.
May our despair
acts of loving resurrection and reconciliation.
Be known to us, O God,
in the random acts of kindness.