June 12, 2016
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter offered the statement below following the June 12 massacre at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., where a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 more in what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
“We join with the City of Orlando and especially the families of victims in sincere prayer and acts of support in the aftermath of this violent and senseless massacre,” Paynter said. “It is truly beyond reason. Precious lives have been ended and more than 100 families are today horrified by death and injury. We come together for their consolation and to stand with law enforcement and other faith leaders in strengthening the bonds of community.”
CBF Director of Ministries Ruth Perkins Lee has offered the following prayer:
Your children are crying, “How long, O Lord?” We are wailing, “Not again, O Lord.”
In these moments when we don’t have words, send your Spirit to intercede.
In these moments when we don’t know how to react, open our hearts to feel the hurt.
In these moments when we don’t know how to respond, guide our hands and our voices to work and speak for justice.
Call us to pain, to action, to love so that your children can stop repeating “How long, O Lord. Not again, O Lord.”
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the pain and loss.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the actions we must take.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the words we have to speak.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the works our hands and feet will do.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the facing of this hour.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the living of these days.
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