‘You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 5:38-39)

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O God!
As if the unspeakable wasn’t bad enough!
Innocent lives compounded with more loss, more violence, more retribution.
O God!
Where do I turn?
What do I do?
How can I speak out for peace and justice
when the world is baying for blood, for revenge, for answers…
But not listening?

Holy God
Your world is hurting
From genuine, dreadful, terrible events
And from false indignation and outrage
“We feel your pain” they say,
“We will respond swiftly” they say,
And my heart sinks, my spirit fails, my words disappear….

No words
No answers
No response

Hope is faint and peace distant
Yet, we do have light…
Faint but strong
Light of the World
Come into our darkness
Hear the prayers of all your people
Come, Holy Light
Come

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