Creator of every person,
Sustainer whose strength and support
Is waiting for all who would seek it
And accept it
Be with us as we face challenges
That affect us
Directly and indirectly.
Help us communicate comfort and hope
To those who have been devastated by sudden loss
Bereft of children taken before their time
Or adults who guided them to greater knowledge
And deeper vision for a future that some will not know.
Remind us all that every life is precious
So much so that crafters of laws will make us
A society responsive to people in need of healing from the wounds
That life may sadly bring
Remembering that we have at our disposal
And direct us to convey to others a message that must penetrate every soul:
Love yourself so much, so deeply, no matter what, and if you don’t, know that there are those who can lead you back to that love.
Love others so much, so deeply, that you will be able to reach out with genuine concern to anyone who needs solace and may you feel your giving as a source of healing for yourself.
Love all creation, and love God, so much
That you will be able to recognize a divine image, an ancient common spark, residing in every human being, so that when you look into another person’s eyes, you will see what all people have in common, and because of that, before you might even try to perpetrate harm through harsh words, denigration, hatred and violence, you will stop
And, in your breath, you will begin again to seek an everlasting love
That is always there for you and for us all.