In May 2022, an elementary school in Texas was attacked by a young man with a gun. The young man killed nearly twenty children before being killed himself. I wrote this lament as part of the letter for the week.
How long, O Lord, must we endure death and pain? How long, O Lord Jesus Christ, must we wait for your return?
Lord, we pray for the families of these, your children. We pray for comfort in a spinning world that doesn't make sense. We pray that, even in this, you can draw them to yourself.
Lord, we pray for the family of the killer. We pray that they would turn their shame, their heartbreak, and their loss to you. Healer and comforter, be with all those who have lost those they love.
Lord, we pray for the people of this nation. Give us wisdom as a people to stop these heinous attacks. Help us to elect the right leaders, support the right policies, and stop as much violence on the innocent as we can in a sin-soaked world.
Lord, we know that you are still on your throne. We know that you watch over this world and are king of all creation. We also know that you weep with those who weep. No human can feel the heartbreak and pain of this tragedy like you do. Give us comfort in your perfectly loving hands.
Come, Lord Jesus.