God, we find ourselves in a time of great sorrow. Give us the gift of tears that moves us beyond sadness into compassion. Inspire and empower us not only to cry about others but also to weep with them. Teach us to lament, so that we do more than regret our circumstances; we resolve to cooperate with you to change them. Make us instruments of your peace. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Lamentations 3:46-50, 55-58
- Monday: Psalm 44
- Tuesday: Psalm 60
- Wednesday: Psalm 70
- Thursday: Matthew 33:37-39
- Friday: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 16-18
- Saturday: Revelation 21:1-5
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 the God of peace move us to tears in the absence of peace, and then move us to action in the hope that peace can be restored. Amen.