We watched the news last night.
We can’t get the images out of our minds…
of explosions and missiles
of the suffering of the least of these…

We hear the words of the proud and defiant
and long for them to be humbled.
We watch the strutting and posing
and pray for hearts to be softened.

We see would-be refugees…
who were denied safe passage,
and hurt for their suffering.
Our hearts are angry and numb and bruised with grief.

We look in the mirror and see our own defiance,
our anger and denial,
and being so quick to judge.
And yet, we know your heart is broken with ours.

God of our hurting world,
Your Light overshines
Your Love overcomes
Your peace, Lord, your peace…
May it be in each of us.
In each of us.
Amen. So may it be.

Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony, and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan despite living with her family outside Washington, DC.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Prayer

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! My heart has been so heavy and I’m just so sad and trying to figure out how to address this in the midst of the Passion readings already planned.


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