Prayer of the week: A lament

manchester bombing--blog post

O God, where are you?

You have disappeared from our world,
You have turned your back on us
when we desperately need you.

We need you to act and
move in this world–
Bombs are exploding, bullets are flying,
People are dying–
children are dying
While the powers keep talking and talking and talking and not listening
and listening.

O, God, where are you?

You have abandoned us,
You have left us when we desperately need you.

We need you to give us words and voices
to talk to the powers–
We need you to break through their words and worlds
and cause them to pause, to listen.
We need you to halt the death and destruction
that is occurring all over the globe.

O God, your Word promises us that you will never leave us
not forsake us.
Please show yourself to us and to the world.
Please pour out your goodness, your love,
your mercy to all of us.

O God, please act and move in this world, today
and everyday.   AMEN

(I wrote this several years ago and I am praying it again this week.)

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