Tonight as we grieve with families in Texas, New York and California who have been impacted by senseless gun violence we offer this prayer written by our friend, the Rev. Laurie Kraus, the associate mission director of compassion, peace and justice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): God our shelter, hold us under the shadow of your wings as we bow before you in grief and pain. We pray for each family who has lost a beloved child, a parent, a friend; we pray for those who have witnessed horror, and are wounded in body or spirit, for each of them is a child made in your image. We pray for ourselves, that we will find strength to support the brokenhearted, grace to find our way in the darkness of grief, anger and loss; light to sense your presence, even in the valley of the shadow of death. Restore our hopes, our hearts, even as we weep with grief and tremble with anger. Fill us, your wounded, willing people, with a peace that passes understanding, the courage to nurture healing and hope, and the willingness to bear the Christ light, even in these days of shadow. In the name of Jesus, we pray. .

Scripture Reading:    Isaiah 40:31 
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Reflection Questions:
What brings you hope during times of tragedy?
Who bears the light of Christ for you these days?
What does “soaring on the wings of eagles” mean for you?