How do we join God’s work here and now? How do we create the beloved community envisioned throughout Scripture?
We mourn. We grieve. We pray. We act. I share a prayer written this week by Rev. Dr. David Watson, seminary professor and pastor in the West Ohio Conference:
O God, we lift up prayers for those who are grieving. Sustain them and give them comfort. We commend to your loving embrace those who have died. Teach us how to keep such violence from ever happening again. Show us where we have gone wrong. Show us how to be righteous, compassionate, and just.
Where we don’t understand one another, please bring understanding.
Where we have been complacent in protecting the vulnerable, lead us into action.
Where our insight has failed, correct us.
Where pride has clouded our judgment, humble us.
Where anger and resentment have led us into sin, chasten us.
Guide your church, O God. Lead us into faithfulness. Show us how to minister with all people. Show us what the world you want looks like. Have mercy on your people. Don’t abandon us to our sin and ignorance, nor to tribalism and warring factions. Give us vision. Send wisdom to dwell among us.
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.