Prayer after Sutherland Springs Shooting

We cry sanctuary, holy God,
Sanctuary!
Safety and security; peace and rest; refuge and safe harbor;
Sanctuary!

Once again, violence has erupted,
Killing your people
who bear your image.
Once again, hatred has triumphed
Maiming our psyches
Shaking our confidence

Sanctuary!

Provide us with your protection
Secure us with your mighty hand
Save us with your outstretched arm

Sanctuary!

For the people of Sutherland Springs
Who, like us, deserve peace
For the people of Texas
Who, like all people, deserve refuge
For all who grieve this day
Who, as your children, deserve safe harbor

Sanctuary!

Prove again your victory
Send forth your conquering love
Secure our future
And give us rest

Sanctuary, holy God!

Amen.

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