Lord of all creation. You have created us in your image; you have loved us with an abundance of grace and mercy. Yet, even with all your love there are times when our world gets the best of us. We simply don’t understand the killings in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Charleston, SC.
Be with the families of those who were killed. Heal the hate and anger that runs deep in the soul of our nation. Give us new hearts with a new way of looking at the people around us. Remind us that life is a sacred gift and that each life is important. Allow something good to be learned from this tragedy, O Lord. We need the gentle yet powerful wind of your Spirit to come among us, for Jesus’ sake. AMEN