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Holy and mysterious God,
be present with us in these times of distress.
Comfort us.

Walk with us through the tragedy of the violence.
Help us see our role in the violence of this world.
Let us not be agents of injustice,
not be spectators to tragedy,
but help us be part of the healing.

Tenderly hold our grief,
fear, and disappointment
in your loving arms.
Help us to see your hand at work
in the world around us,
restoring the broken places
of our lives and world
to the wholeness you desire.

Show us how we can be your hands in the world.
Direct us to recognize how we can help.
Enable us, through your Holy Spirit
to mend the tattered shards of despair
into a cloth of comfort and hope.

Guide our hearts and minds
that our anger can become compassion,
our fear turn into acts of grace.
May our despair become acts of
loving resurrection and reconciliation.
Be known to us, O God, in the random acts of kindness.
Amen.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.

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