Sunday, December 16, 2012

2012.12.16 A Prayer for a School Shooting

This prayer I received from a blog called the Velveteen Rabbi. Thank you Rabbi Rachel.

When we cry for holy innocent children, “perfect reflections” of God, there are no religions, no idolatries, no power or rights, no arguments, no blame, and no -isms. There is only oneness. Amen.  

God, let me cry on Your shoulder. 

Rock me like a colicky baby.

Promise me You won't forget

each of Your perfect reflections

killed today. Promise me 

You won't let me forget, either.

I'm hollow, stricken like a bell. 

Make of my emptiness a channel 

for Your boundless compassion.

Soothe the children who witnessed
things no child should see,

the teachers who tried to protect them

but couldn't, the parents 

who are torn apart with grief,

who will never kiss their beloveds again.

Strengthen the hands and hearts

of Your servants tasked with caring 

for those wounded in body and spirit.

Help us to find meaning

in the tiny lights we kindle tonight.

Help us to trust

that our reserves of hope
and healing are enough

to carry us through.

We are Your hands: put us to work.

Ignite in us the unquenchable yearning

to reshape our world

so that violence against children
never happens again, anywhere. 

We are Your grieving heart.