Prayer in the aftermath of violence

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Almighty God, look with mercy upon this fallen world, again the subject of violence.

Be with us in our grief, that we may know your consolation.
Be with us in our anger, that we may receive your peace.
Be with us in our confusion, that we may be led to your truth.
And be with us in our fear, that we may delivered into your surpassing love.
Give us courage as we face violence in our world and put us into action as your agents of mercy, justice and peace.

We pray this day for the victims of violence at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. and in so many other places. Strengthen us as your people, to minister to those in need and to receive the help we ourselves need. Guide sinners to repentance and lead us to forgiveness, that your grace may be our sustaining Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted on the occasion of the Navy Yard Shootings, September 16, 2013 from a prayer written by Deacon Paul Bellan-Boyer of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Jersey City, NJ