06 Nov Special Reflection, a prayer of comfort for all those affected by gun violence
Beloved of God:
Once again our country has been devastated by violence. Even as we were leaving worship Sunday morning, the news broke about the mass shooting in a Texas Baptist Church. Whether we think the solution involves gun control, better mental health treatment, or enhanced security, we mourn together even as we pray for healing for this world. I found these beatitudes from pastor Steve Garnaas Holmes comforting. They gave me words to pray when I felt hopeless and silenced in the face of yet more violence. I offer them as a prayer that we can say together.
“Blessed are they who are devastated, for theirs is the realm of heaven.
Blessed are they who grieve for this country, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they who are nonviolent, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who long for a culture of peace, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are they who seek healing, not revenge, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are they who desire only blessing for all, for they shall see God.
Blessed are they who work for the healing of the world, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who meet opposition in their work for peace and justice, for theirs is the realm of heaven.
Blessed are you when people dismiss and insult you. Rejoice, and be glad:
great is your reward in the heart of all things, for in just this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Yours in Christ