A prayer for times of violence and despair

Holy and mysterious God,
 be present with us in these times of distress.   
Comfort us.   
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.
 Enable us,
 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,
 our fear
 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. 

About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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