We do not know why tragedies happen or what motivates those who commit acts of violence. Yet, we trust in God, the God of love and life, who desires good for all people. God’s love and light are with us always, even when things are hard, even when we are uncertain.

As we attempt to process the unthinkable, I wanted to check in from my study leave to pray with you after the July 4 events. Schools have sent out resources from trusted organizations (many of these are also on our CONNECT topic and our youth mental health list). Your church leaders are here to listen, to pray with you, and pray for you. If you have a particular or urgent need, please contact me or the church directly.

Let us pray:

Holy One, with hearts heavy with sorrow, we trust you are present with us and in our community. And so, we give thanks for the gifts of life, healing, and caring community. As we name the ways you love, care, and provide for us, please ease our worries. (Name specific prayers out loud or in silence.) Guide the doctors and nurses as they tend to the injured. Bring the comfort of your love to those who are grieving. Grant wisdom to all those trusted with making decisions that keep our communities safe. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

P.S.: We invite you to view July 5 Mid-Day Prayer where we prayed for the people we lost, who are hurt, and who are grieving Highland Park.