Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 17, 2012

Please pray with me…

Dear Lord,

We are a nation filled with grief.  We are all asking “Why?” We are in despair.  We are a nation filled with anger.  We are placing blame.  We are desperate to find some solace.

I don’t know the faces or lives of all of those who have been lost.  I don’t know their likes, dislikes, hobbies, jobs…and yet they are on my mind; they have been in my prayers constantly.  As a parent, my heart aches thinking of what they must have gone through and what the survivors will go through. Please help me to know how to pray for them.  The words are so hard to find, in such loss and despair.

Please be with the families and friends, the rescue workers, the pastors, the counselors, and the community of Newtown.  Please give them strength that they could not find on their own.  Please give them comfort when they are consumed by anguish.

Please be with our nation as it mourns for our fellow citizens in Newtown.  As a nation, help us to give them support, prayers, and love.  Give us insight into how to give them comfort.

Give us wise words as we talk to our children about this tragedy.  Children have questions and fears when they hear about this loss.  Help us to guide our children to you for comfort when they are afraid.

We need you now, Lord, in our hearts.  We need you in our conversations with our children.  We need you in our nation.  We need you in our prayers for the sad, the angry, the desperate.  Help us to look to you, to talk to you, to share your comfort with others.

Amen

Psalm 34: 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”

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