As on so many days in our world,
a lot of tragic things happened yesterday.
You have counted the hairs on the head
and know the names of each one who died
in the school shooting in Florida
and in the famine in the Yemen
and in the war torn cities of the world
and in the places with no medicine or clean water…
You know their names,
each one’s name,
and call them beloved.
Help us to live and to love
into the full truth of their belovedness;
working for a world
where children are treasured,
where life is honoured,
where peace is pursued,
where justice is done.
Confront us with your love,
confront us with your justice,
and, by your Spirit,
make us your living, loving people.
Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.
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