“…Morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” —Abraham Heschel
A prayer offered in the aftermath of a difficult week, when bombs are packaged with care, when people become targets, when lives are stolen and life is destroyed:
Beloved God, in moments like these, we are reminded who you are and we are reminded that, in you, the time will come when death will lose its sting. But we’re also reminded of the reality of this present moment, that we live in the already but the not yet, and that death still stings today.
We know that you have given, through your prophets, a vision of a world without violence, where swords, and guns, and bombs would be turned into ploughshares, instruments of peace for the common good of all. We pray that reality would be made manifest today.
May those that are experiencing pain and hurt and loss and fear, may they find in you a vision of peace and trust and love and wholeness.
And in whatever ways we can embody this vision of a world without violence and without hate, empower us to that end. Through your Spirit, may you make us aware of the darkness that lies deep within us and may we work tirelessness to eradicate that within ourselves and within the world that we live in.
Lead us forth in a vision of the common good of all, a vision where you will reign, where peace will be real. Lead us in this way.
We look forward with great hope to that day when death will no longer have its sting. And for that day, we simply pray, come, Lord Jesus.