The events of December 14th have touched the hearts and souls of the world. Sorrow, anguish, horror, sadness and pain for those lost, and for those left behind to cope with their journey through the valley of the shadow of death.
Lord, paint our souls with a picture of you, so Your divine light can be seen in this dark world. Paint our hearts with your love to enable us to show what real love really is. Paint our spirits with your peace so we become vessels of calm in troubled waters. Paint our minds with your wisdom, and our bodies with your strength and mercy, so that we show your amazing grace to the world.
Help us Lord, to walk with these families and others through this time. Their journey through these dark days are beyond comprehension. And like others before them, remind us all that our personal journeys intersect with theirs right now, and as your servants we have a work to do them.
Lord, let them know they are not alone, for you are with them. Your rod and staff will comfort them, and the table you’ve prepared is anointed with your healing oil. Remind them You are filling their cups with your loving comfort, like the gates of heaven.
Lord, be with these families whose children, and loved ones are gone and with those who are providing care, comfort, support, aid. Give us the strength and courage as a nation to help, really help those who need it. Amen