Listening God, with each new day comes fresh news of terror. We lament each new way we find to be inhumane to each other. We lament the numbness many of us feel as we are increasingly desensitized to horror. We sorrow as those harmed by the sin of exclusion and hatred but also as those who are complicit in its execution. We lament the structural sin that can sometimes leave us feeling helpless. But Lord, we aren’t helpless. We tear our clothing; we cry aloud, our tears flow, and our hearts break. Hear the deep pain in our hearts. Help us to hear the deep pain in others. But we will ever trust in you, God, our helper and our defender. We will raise our voices, shout out, and not hold back. You call us to justice. Give us courage to pursue it until the day when all the tears will be wiped from our eyes and we look forward in hope. In the name of the One who has heard our cries and delivers us even from ourselves. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Psalm 13
- Monday: Psalm 137:1-6
- Tuesday: Lamentations 3:46-57
- Wednesday: Psalm 22:1-11
- Thursday: Psalm 142
- Friday: Exodus 3:1-12
- Saturday: Psalm 42
With those affected by legislated horror because of their gender identity or sexual orientation;
With those who lament inability to serve a church as a pastor because of whom they love;
With people of color who face micro-and-macro aggressions day in and day out;
With those who lament their decision to cross into this country because of our unjust migrant-detention policies;
With those who face threats and acts of violence because of gender, class, and race;
With the parents and children of those killed because of senseless violence.
May we trust in your faithful love, God, that you hear our cries of sorrow and desperation. May we know your comfort and strength in times of trouble. Send us to be a comfort and strength to those who most need to experience your love and presence this week. Amen.