A Prayer in the Midst of Tragedy

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Dear Heavenly Father,

We come together today with sad hearts. Our hearts grieve with those families who were affected by the shooting in Connecticut. Now we hear of 22 young children in China, who were all stabbed in another school incident. We grieve with those that grieve. We grieve for the world that our children live in, where even going to a simple place like school can be unsafe.

We grieve as we see the darkness that plaques the world. Evil, corruption, lack of morals, natural disasters, poverty, illness…so many things are on the rise Lord..and you are aware of it all and it is, as it was foretold it would be, in the end of times. But we were also told, as we saw these things happening to,”look up as our redemption draws near.” So we look for you in the midst of this madness Father…

Lord, in the midst of so many tragedies, there is a gift that we are celebrating that should give us hope…the gift of you our Savior. Jesus you were born in the midst of dark times. There was corruption and evil then. Herod killed thousands and thousands of innocent babies out of jealousy…to try to prevent Jesus from being the King of Kings. Jesus, you entered this world in the midst of great mourning and grief over the loss of so many children that were killed, but You entered the world as a sign of hope and redemption and promise of better things to come…our Messiah…our Deliverer …Our Prince of Peace and Our Redeemer!!

Lord we will never have the answers here. So many are asking “Why?” So many are asking the age-old question, “Why does God allow these bad things?”… we know you did not create evil Lord…you created free will and evil men make evil choices. One day we will be set free from all this pain and darkness and though we don’t see everything clearly now…there is one thing we see clearly and that is your truth and your love…that you loved the world so much that you gave your son…born in a manger so long ago…born to live, suffer and die to carry our sins and our pain and to pay a price that we couldn’t, so that if we believe, we might have eternal life…that is the truth we cling to today…that is the light that shines brightly in the darkness…the hope that drove the wise men to follow a bright and shining star in the east to find a babe in a manger…a baby who was born a “wanted and hunted man” by evil men…a baby who grew into a man who was well acquainted with grief and pain so that we would have the hope in Him that one day He would wipe away every tear and we would hear the words…”No more, it is finished…no more pain, no more death, no more poverty, no more sickness, no more disease…no more evil and no more tears!”

 

Thank you Jesus for your birth…may we cling to all that symbolizes in the days ahead. We lift all those who are in shock and pain and dealing with unspeakable grief. Oh, Jesus, may the hurting find you in the darkness and cling to you as their hope.

In your name we ask these things, Amen

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