Dear God,
Your children gather in concert halls, on trains, on buses.candle
We pray for their protection, for their prospering, for their joy.
But sometimes, evil has its way.  Sometimes the tools of evil
– the knife, the gun, the, bomb –  seem stronger than your love. So we,
Your children gather on city streets, over computer screens, in candlelit churches.
With one voice, a shout that roars with woeful desolation and fierce determination,
“Peace! Peace! Peace!”
Make these more than words, make them our way of life.



Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as designated term pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.

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