Racial Justice

A Prayer for Charleston

A Prayer for Charleston

O, God, we come before you yet again seeking your mercy in the wake of another mass murder, this one compounded by racial hatred. This time in Charleston, South Carolina.

We pray for the grieving families facing the unexpected, senseless and violent death of loved ones gunned down in church during a regular Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meeting.

We pray for the Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Church family, which in one night lost faithful members and some of its core leadership team, including its pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

We pray for the Charleston community, mourning even as it tries to understand how such a horror could happen in their city, on grounds they called “sacred.”

But more than that, God, we pray for our nation.

Save us from our dependence on guns and the false security they offer. Heal us of racism and race-based fears that produce a multitude of sins and psychoses.

Open our eyes so that we see the things that make for peace: justice and mercy and love. Open our ears so we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit so willing to guide us to true safety, justice and peace and abundance for all. Give us the hearts to follow.

Posted or updated: 6/19/2015 11:00:00 PM

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