Prayer After the Shooting of Innocents in Charleston, SC.

Offered at the Vigil at St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill, NC, June 19, 2015
by the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar of the Advocate.

Prayer After the Shooting of Innocents in Charleston, SC.

Almighty God.

We come before in this hour with hearts that are torn

yet again,

because of tragic loss and senseless violence,

because your people, your children, have been wounded and are hurting,

hurting.

We come before you in this hour with hearts that are torn

yet again,

because tired old wounds of racism in our nation still fester,

mean and ugly

they fester.

We are weary, we are sorrowful, and we are angry.

And so we come before you in this hour and we pray for your healing.

We pray

that those whose lives have been forever changed

by the violent deaths of those they love,

would know the healing power and the comfort of your love,

We pray that

that same healing power would work its way into the hearts of those whose hearts are hardened,

that in their hearts they might come to know

the dignity and the beauty of all your children,

created in your image,

created for your love.

And we pray

that just as you have the power to turn our swords into ploughshares,

so you would turn our sorrow and our anger

into a courage to will and to persevere,

that we may be instruments of your healing and your justice in this world in which we live.

Give us Peace in our time O Lord.

Amen