The following is a prayer from John Mark Boes in response to the tragic shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday.
We are distraught as we mourn the lives of 12 of Your beloved senselessly gunned down in Thousand Oaks, California.
We are weary; weary with the burden of more unnecessary violence in our world.
We are confused because it feels like we are helpless to do anything.
We are searching for Your peace that passes all understanding as we seek to be a light to a world of darkness.
We long for the day where we will beat our “swords into plowshares,” and our “spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4 NRSV).
We are waiting for your justice and waiting for the day where You will set the wrongs right.
Give us a new spirit, a spirit of justice and mercy as we strive for Your Kingdom.
Grant us the wisdom and the courage to speak truth to power.
Anoint us to “bring good news to the poor,” “proclaim release to the captives,” bring “recovery of sight to the blind,” and to “let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18 NRSV).
Let us not solely lift thoughts and prayers but bring us to action for the sake of Your Creation.
Remind us that our allegiance is to You, God, and not earthly things.
Ingrain in us the second greatest commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves instead of the Second Amendment.
As we grieve this horrific, violent act, guide us into your great mercies. It is in You that we find life and life abundant.