Father God, at times like these we are at a loss for words in our grief. Every fiber of our being cries out against the evil, violence, and pain we see. Our hearts are broken and we weep deeply as we hear about the anguish the victims in Connecticut are experiencing.
Lord, why did this have to happen? Why must these families suffer, especially at a time of year we’ve set aside to be “merry?” Seeing this tragedy and knowing so many are in pain, makes us wonder if there really is anything hopeful about Christmas.
And yet, we remember that the reason you came as a vulnerable baby is precisely because there is no hope apart from you. We are lost and dying in the darkness of our own making. It is your life, and death, that breaks through our despair and offers us the light of hope.
Heavenly Father, you know the pain of losing your son. Comfort the parents and families of these precious little lives that were taken. Strengthen them as only you can.
Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, you weep with us. May we turn to you, the Resurrection and the Life, to sustain us in the midst of evil. In this world we experience great trouble. But you have, and will, overcome the world. Come, Lord Jesus!
Holy Spirit, our Comforter, you have promised not to leave us as orphans. When we have no words to express our grief, you intercede for us with groans beyond description. May your peace that surpasses all understanding be the life-line of those who feel like they’re drowning. May they cling to you, the only one worthy of our trust.
We pray all these things in the name of Hope, Jesus Christ;