Full disclosure: I saw this prayer from Walter Brueggemann posted on Ryan’s blog. I have no other words.
another school killing,
another grief beyond telling…
among the Amish
We are reduced to weeping silence,
even as we breed a violent culture,
even as we kill the sons and daughters of
even as we fail to live and cherish and respect
the forgotten of our common life.
There is no joy among us as we empty our schoolhouses;
there is no health among us as we move in fear and
there is little hope among us as we fall helpless before
the gunshot and the shriek and the blood and the panic;
we pray to you only because we do not know what else to do.
So we pray, move powerfully in our body politic,
move us toward peaceableness
that does not hurt or want to kill.
move us toward justice
that the troubled and the forgotten may know mercy,
move us toward forgiveness that
we may escape the trap of revenge.
Empower us to turn our weapons to acts of mercy,
to turn our missiles to gestures of friendship,
to turn our bombs to policies of reconciliation;
and while we are turning,
hear our sadness,
We dare to pray our needfulness to you
because you have been there on that
and watched your own Son be murdered
for “reasons of state.”
Good God, do Easter!
Here and among these families,
here and in all our places of brutality.
Move our Easter grief now…
without too much innocence—
to your Sunday joy.
We pray in the one crucified and risen
who is our Lord and Savior.
“‘Come, Lord Jesus!’
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.” – Revelation 22v20-21