A Prayer in Response to the Newtown, CT Tragedy by Scotty Smith

From The Gospel Coalition

Jesus Wept, John 11:35

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Dear Lord Jesus, we abandon ourselves to you tonight—we come running with our tears and our fears, our anger and our anguish, our lament and our longings. We collapse in your presence, with the assurance of your welcome, needing the mercies of your heart.

Some stories are just too much for us to absorb; some evil just too great to conceive; some losses  beyond all measure. We need your tears and your strength tonight. That you wept outside the tomb of a beloved friend frees us to groan and mourn; that you conquered his death with yours, frees us to hope and wait.

But we turn our thoughts from ourselves to the families who have suffered an unconscionable violation of heart and all sensibilities. Bring your presence to bear, Lord Jesus, by your Spirit and through your people. May your servants weep with those who weep and wail with those who wail. Extend your tear wiping hand—reach into this great tragedy with an even greater grace.

We cry out on behalf of the children of Newtown, those most directly affected by this evil, and for children throughout our country and the world, whose little hearts are reeling with fear and terror. Give parents wisdom and kindness, as they seek to love their children well, this night and in the coming days. Raise up gifted counselors and care givers to serve those most traumatized.

Lastly, Lord Jesus, we cry out with a loud voice, How long, O, Lord? How long before you return to eradicate all evil, redeem all tragedies, and make all things new? How long, O, Lord, how long? Your Bride weeps and waits for you. In your merciful and mighty name we pray.

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9 thoughts on “A Prayer in Response to the Newtown, CT Tragedy by Scotty Smith

  1. Inez, thank you for posting this one and the others about the tragic, senseless killings of innocent babies. The baby angel on the mantel is beautiful. My prayers go out to all the families.

    • Awe… So sad, Tracy. So sad. Yes, had this sad little angel stored for a special occasion. So beautiful in its own right! Night, my friend. Blessings.

  2. Reblogged this on Keli has a Blog and commented:
    MY VERY GOOD, LONG TIME , FRIEND WROTE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BLOG/PRAYER REGARDING THE CHILDREN AT NEWTOWN. THIS IS HARD FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS A LOVE FOR CHILDREN OR IS A PARENT, NO MATTER THE AGES OF OUR CHILDREN! ****

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