Friday, December 14, 2012

A Prayer for the People of Newtown, CT & All That Suffer This Day

At this time of great despair and heartbreak as I continue watching the news coming in from Newtown, Connecticut, I simply can't find any of my own words that could speak to such a tragedy.  Relying on the words of others however, I found the following prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Pastoral Care to be particularly powerful:
God in heaven, please listen to all those who are praying to you now: those who are sad and crying, those who have lost friends and family, those who are frightened.  Help them to remember that you are there and that you are listening.  In Jesus; name we pray, Amen.
A few Bible verses that I've found helpful tonight as well:

- Psalm 34
- Hosea 11:1, 3-4
- Isaiah 41: 10

May all feel the peace of God's presence this night,
Dustin


Dustin is currently a vicar at the Lutheran Office for World Community and Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, having recently completed his second year of a Masters of Divinity program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. While seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his focus is on the intersection between worship, service and justice building in de-centralized faith communities unencumbered by a traditional church building. In his free time, Dustin likes playing frisbee, hiking and pretending to know how to sing.

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