Instead of my usual Sunday Pinterest Fun I’m posting a prayer. A prayer for the family, friends and loved ones of those killed in Aurora, Colorado this past week. While this tragedy was playing out in Colorado, I was with my son and his girlfriend enjoying the Dark Knight Marathon (yes, we saw all 3 Batman movies back-to-back) at a local theater. When my family woke to the news the following morning they were relieved to know that we were not involved in the shooting. Relief was soon replaced with anger that someone could take a fun outing and turn it into a horrifying event not soon to be forgotten.
I can’t imagine the pain and grief the families, friends and loved ones are experiencing right now. I tried to think of something profound to say in this post, but found that all I could think to do was pray. I KNOW that they need a mountain of prayers to help them through this challenging time. Below is a prayer I found on the web that spoke to me. It is not a coincidence that this prayer was written and posted by a Sister who lives in Colorado Springs, CO, about 70 miles away from Aurora. Join me in praying this prayer for the families, friends and loved ones of the victims.
By Tiffany Stuart, Tea with Tiffany.Com
Father God, thank You for the gift of being able to pray to You, for others. I find comfort in knowing I can come to You and You hear and answer.
Lord, so many people are grieving right now. I know of some personally and my heart aches with them. This life is hard and sometimes even cruel. We don’t understand. We get mad. We feel abandoned, forgotten, and alone. Sometimes You allow sorrow and loss to break our hearts and we want to know why. We need reasons. We need hope. But I believe we can trust You when our “why” goes unanswered. Often this life makes no sense. But I totally trust You are always, always good in spite of our suffering.
You are good.
You are God, sovereign over all.
You know what we don’t know.
Your ways are not our ways.
Your thoughts and plans are higher.
We see dimly through eyes of pain. We hurt because we once loved. And now we’ve lost that love.
God, please comfort and peace to those who are dealing with deep grief, loss, or tragedy. You know their names. You know their stories. You know where they live and the number of their days. You know the reasons they weep today. Your Word says You are our comforter, the God of all comfort. Jesus, You are the prince of peace. Your peace passes all understanding. I cling to hope that You can change our sorrows into songs of joy. I’ve seen that happen personally.
Almighty, all powerful God. I am asking for You to Hold those who are grieving close to Your heart today. Love them in a way they have never known. Let them feel Your amazing love. May Your love be more than enough during this time. Wipe their tears. Cuddle them. Rock them to sleep. Let them know they are never truly alone. Let them know You are always there. You are Emmanuel, God with us.
And when everything in this world is lost, Your love remains. Today, forever, always.
Thank You, Lord.
In Jesus’ powerful and healing name I pray, Amen.
There is one more way you can help. Giving First is collecting donations for various charities that will be providing support to families and the community as they recover from this tragedy. Take some time to send a donation (I’m certain any amount will help).
Now that you’ve prayed this prayer and sent a donation to one of the charities, take a moment to TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU.