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In the light of the shootings this past week at the BBQ in Toronto and at the movie last night in Colorado we who are shocked, dismayed and grieving may feel like we have no place to turn.  We question God asking again and again, “why did this have to happen?”  “Why is there so much evil in the world?”  “What can cause people to turn to such levels of violence?”

When we don’t know where to turn, we need to remember that God is always with us.  We need to remember that God has come among us and joined our suffering.  We need to remember that the same senseless violence, the same fear and hatred, is what drove people to call for the death of Jesus.

For this reason when we come to God and express our fear, our doubt, our grief and even our anger and desire for revenge, he says to us, “My child I love you, and I know what you are feeling right now.”

However, the happenings in this world are not about us, except in the calling that each of us who love and serve God have to pray.

To pray for those who grieve. 

To pray for those who are injured.

To pray for those who must investigate.

To pray for those whose hands held the guns………..YES even for them.  Let us remember that even on the cross the prayer that Jesus uttered was “forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do”.

I know that this call to prayer is difficult.  We will gladly pray for those who have been harmed and impacted, but the last prayer is far more difficult for us.  Yet God loves the gunmen as well.  They may well be the very lost sheep that Jesus came to save.

I invite you therefore to enter into prayer, and I have included here a prayer from the Worship Sourcebook which I have adapted slightly.  Please join me in prayer.

Why, Lord, must evil seem to get its way?

We do confess our sin is deeply shameful;

but now the wicked openly are scornful—

they mock your name and laugh at our dismay.

We know your providential love holds true:

nothing can curse us endlessly with sorrow.

Transform, dear Lord, this damage into good;

show us your glory, hidden by this evil.

We plead: Repair the brokenness we share.

Chastise no more, lest it destroy your creatures.

Hear this lament as intercessory prayer,

and speak your powerful Word to make us hopeful.

Why, Lord, did you abruptly take them home?  Why did so many innocent people have to die?  Why so many victims who have been injured?

Why must we feel the sting of death’s old cruelty?

Why must thier families feel the sting of death’s old cruelty?

Why must our nations feel the sting of death’s old cruelty?

Why does the insanity of the world have the power to hold sway and disrupt our lives.

Come quickly, Lord; do not leave us alone.

We plead: Repair the brokenness we share.

Chastise no more, lest it destroy your creatures.

Hear this lament as intercessory prayer,

and speak your powerful Word to make us hopeful.

Lord, even now our heart’s desire is to hold onto anger.  We plead for justice to be done, and by justice we mean punishment and retribution.

Why, Lord, must he be sentenced, locked away?

True, they have wronged neighbors and failed you.  Yet come to them, speak peace, show them the forgiving love in Christ.  Help them to seek a better way.

We remember Lord, that none of us is innocent or sinless;

only by grace we follow in your way.

We plead: Repair the brokenness we share.

Chastise no more, lest it destroy your creatures.

Hear this lament as intercessory prayer,

and speak your powerful Word to make us hopeful.

Again we pray for people and nations beset by pain and lost in grief.  Why, Lord, must any child of yours be hurt?

Do all our pain and sorrow somehow please you?

You are a God so jealous for our praises—

hear this lament as prayer that fills the earth.

We plead: Repair the brokenness we share.

Chastise no more, lest it destroy your creatures.

Hear this lament as intercessory prayer,

and speak your powerful Word to make us hopeful. Amen.

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