Monday, December 14, 2015
O God, giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family and called us to live together in harmony and peace. Surround us with your love as we face the challenges and tragedies of gun violence. Bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence, those maimed and disfigured, those left alone and grieving, and those who struggle to get through one more day. Bless them with your presence and help them find hope. Help us, your church, find our voice. Empower us to change this broken world and the needless deaths caused by gun violence. Give us power to rise above our fear that nothing can be done and grant us the conviction to advocate for change. All this we pray in the name of the One who offered his life so that we might live, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
(adapted from a litany written by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Episcopal Bishop of Maine)