Flower petals scattered  over a sidewalk

Oh Holy One,

We are broken and scattered. Our hearts are crushed. We see the debris of lives before us, tossed about with indifference and violence. We see the carnage of prejudice and bigotry.

We are grieving.

We stare at the broken bodies, the tearful families, the aches that cannot be eased, the posturing and political banter of the powerful.

We are angry.

We saw beauty. Now we see its destruction. We believe in goodness. Now we watch evil overtake innocent ones.

Help us. Heal us. Remind us you walk with us in this valley.

Strengthen us for the work of justice ahead. Infuse our souls with peace and your resurrection power.

Amen.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn, BCC is a chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She lives with her family in Maryland and presently serves as a hospice chaplain and in pulpit supply. She is a herder of cats, and remains a die-hard Ohio State fan. You can find more of her writing at An Unfinished Symphony


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