Mourning once again

As we are forced once again to face violence in our lives, a few prayers may offer a little solace.

For a Sudden Death: O God our strength in need, our help in trouble: stand with us in our distress, support us in our shock, bless us in our questioning, and do not leave us comfortless, but raise us up with Jesus Christ. Amen.

For all who grieve: Gracious God, we come before you this day in pain and sorrow. Give your grace to those who grieve, that they may find comfort in your presence and be strengthened by your Spirit. Be with all who mourn, and draw them together in your healing love, in the name of the one who suffered, died, and rose for us, Jesus our Savior. Amen.

For Emergency Workers and First Responders: God our strong deliverer: when those charged with the urgent mediation of your healing power feel overwhelmed by the numbers of the suffering, uphold them in their fatigue and banish their despair. Let them see with your eyes, so they may know all their patients as precious. Give comfort, and renew their energy and compassion, for the sake of Jesus in whom is our life and our hope. Amen.