Monday, April 16, 2007

Prayers after a shooting

Now I say to you in conclusion,
life is hard,
at times as hard as crucible steel.

It has its bleak and difficult moments.
Like the ever-flowing waters of the river,
life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood.

Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons,
life has the soothing warmth of its summers
and the piercing chill of its winters.

But if one will hold on,
he will discover that God walks with him,
and that God is able

to lift you from the fatigue of despair
to the buoyancy of hope
and transform dark and desolate valleys
into sunlit paths of inner peace.

eulogy for the martyred children - martin luther king jr. - 1963

Lord, hear our prayers for the parents of children
Parents who feel the sting of death today.
Comfort those who mourn
And may your justice roll down like a stream.
May your peace fill emptyness
May your comfort be as soothing water.

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