Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Pray for victims of and an end to violence

Please pray for all affected by the horrific violence at Virginia Tech.

God of life,

Every act of violence in our world, in our communities, destroys a part of your creation.

Stir in our hearts a renewed sense of reverence for all life.

Give us the vision to recognize your spirit in every human being, however they behave.

Make possible the impossible by cultivating in us the fertile seed of healing love.

May we play our part in breaking the cycle of violence. AMEN

The prayer above is adapted from a prayer on the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace website. You can read the original here.

There are a number of significant theological reflections over at "OnFaith" worth reading about this tragedy. Including Desmond Tutu, Marcus Borg, John Chane of Washington D.C. and N.T. Wright.

Also, the God's Politics blog is a good place to find helpful commentary and inspiration. I was particularly moved by the words of Diana Butler Bass and Shane Claiborne.

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