Response to Shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and St. Paul

As we awaken to another news story of violence, our hearts break over the disparity between our world and the reign of God. We join all those in our state, country and world who are grieving over violence and evil. While there is much work to be done, we pause in order to join with the psalmists who in times of trial expressed their faith and resolve through lament.

How long, O Lord?
Racism appears to be winning.
Violent retaliation fills the headlines.
A young girl watches her daddy take his last breath while trying to console her mom.
Kids of police officers are pleading with Mom and Dad to stay home from work today.
Is grace still here? For whom?
How long, O Lord?

Lord, have mercy.
That which we weep over is also within us.
Your church seems impotent in the face of struggle.
We are scared to do something because of what it might cost.
Forgive us for our prayerlessness, our silence against injustice and our inability to love our neighbor.
We confess that at times, violence is seen as the only effective response to violence.
Lord, have mercy.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus we find rescue over sin.
In Jesus violence and death are overcome.
In Jesus all persons receive grace.
In Jesus all are laid bare so that all can be made holy.
In Jesus perfect love casts out fear.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

United’s Krueger Teaching Chapel will be open Friday, July 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. for any and all who wish to seek the face of God.

Rev. Dan Gildner
Dean of the Chapel
prayer@united.edu

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