“Dear God, bring comfort and peace. Peace is your essence. Peace is your name. Bring peace to the families who have lost their precious children and also for the courageous adults who lost their lives in this senseless shooting.
We come to you, God because we know that you sorrow, and are acquainted with grief. You too have endured the loss of a child. You empathize.
We can’t help but ask, “Why?” Forgive our insistence, our confusion, even our anger. We believe that you are just, and we ache to understand how these tragic deaths are an expression of that justice, how it expresses your love. We also know – in our minds at least – that you seldom answer the “why?” question. We press you, but on these matters you are mostly silent. What we ask instead is “how?” How can we move forward? How can this bring us together and not tear us apart? How can we now live under the shadow of these untimely deaths? Answer this prayer with your comfort and guidance.
There is no way to remove the pain. The grief is real. The only sanity is to know, to believe, in a life beyond with you, when all the scales are righted and the sufferings are made good. We trust you and your promise that while these children’s lives on earth are done, their lives beyond have just begun. With that release we lose them and let them go into your arms, then by faith receive in return the boundless comfort of your presence. That is all, that is enough. In Jesus name, Amen.”