First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa

A Prayer for the Families and Community of Uvalde, Texas


Lord, have mercy!

Hold in your arms the families of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas whose lives were ended by another horrific act of gun violence. For the parents, siblings, and grandparents of these young children and classroom teacher we ask you to comfort them in their sorrow and give them strength to endure the wound of loss that will never heal.

For their classmates, teachers, and school staff who survived help them to cope with the terror of this event and to regain their balance and footing for the road ahead of them.

For the first responders, whose sense of duty is to protect and serve, some of whom were wounded in an effort to stop the gunman as well as those who brought about its resolve, heal their physical and psychological wounds.

For community leaders, pastors, counselors, and mental health professionals as they come alongside these families and offer their support. May they be effective in showing love and care wherever it is needed. And for those who work with people at-risk of harming themselves or others. Give them wisdom and stamina to provide the kind of therapeutic care that helps restrain violent offenders.

We pray for our national leaders and elected officials to put forth legislation that would minimize access to assault weapons and guns commonly used in mass shootings. How many more lives must be lost before leaders are willing to say enough is enough?

For our nation as a whole, may we learn what makes for peace. Help us Lord move from reactions of fear and distrust, to being people who act in ways that serves the good of others.

Have mercy Lord and grant us your peace, Amen.

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Published on May 26, 2022

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