In Prayer for the Tragedy in Texas

Dear People of God,

As our Nation traverses the horrible tragedy of 19 children and two adult teachers being murdered within an elementary school classroom in Uvalde, Texas, I ask that you please join me in prayer for the families of those who died, the survivors, the first responders and those who must meet the days ahead as policy makers with the charge of addressing the pain and fracture of their community, our Nation and our world.  Specifically, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of God’s great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love.

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants in Uvalde, Texas for whom our prayers are offered.  Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 831)

Pray also that our conversation and reactions as a Nation may be grounded in the tenants of our sacramental Christian faith and that the Church may lend her voice to the debate and discourse that is surely to come in the days ahead.  That God may direct, in our time, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that those who influence public opinion may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord.  (BCP pg. 827)

In the peace of God, which passeth all understanding;