What happened in Sandy Hook yesterday is just unbelievable and beyond a tragedy. My heart sank and I felt sick to my stomach when I learned about it after work yesterday. I can’t even imagine what that community and those parents are going through right now. A real life monster was let loose on them. There is not much that can be said to offer comfort. But, a friend of mine shared this beautiful and eloquent prayer from her former church in Connecticut. It was so moving that I wanted to share it with all of you as well. Maybe if enough of us read it, our prayers will help give strength to the survivors as they attempt to recover from, yet never forget, this tragedy.
A PRAYER FOR SANDY HOOK
Loving God, when our heart breaks in grief, we know your heart is already broken. Hear our prayers for the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School.Receive the souls of the dead into your merciful arms of love. Heal the wounded in body and the savaged in spirit. Bless all those who seek to calm a community in crisis: police, medical workers, government and school officials, counselors and pastors.Soothe the fearful and dry the tears of all who mourn. Enfold families in your compassionate embrace: little ones whose safe world has been invaded, mothers and fathers who must put frightened children to bed this night.Help us to remember, when our knees go weak and our hearts melt like wax, that your arm is ever strong and your loving kindness never fails from age to age. Draw us closer to one another in community, and closer to you, Oh God, so that the inhumanity of mankind, which threatens to destroy our faith in you, may somehow gather us all into the infinite heart of God, in whose name we pray.Amen.