While so many people are still attempting to process the Manchester Arena attack that took place earlier this week, the Reverend Dr. Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, wants to remind the world that the answer to crisis is prayer.
In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing that killed 22 and wounded 59, Browning wrote a moving and heartfelt prayer for Scottish Church members and ministers to recite over the weekend in honor of those who lost their lives Monday evening.
Appalling news from Manchester. Thoughts to those caught up in this brutal act. Pray for all friends and families affected @churchscotland
— Church Moderator (@churchmoderator) May 23, 2017
According to The Scottish Sun, the prayer has circulated among 800 Church of Scotland ministers and 1,300 congregations in the last couple of days.
Here it is:
We turn to You to find a place
Where we can sit in silence
And try to begin
To put together our thoughts and feelings.
When tragedy draws near,
And lives are cruelly ended,
When words seem not enough,
And comfort far away,
Draw near, sit with us,
Hold us in the darksome silence.
We bring to You our hurt, our loss,
Our anger, our grief, or incomprehension.
We pray for those who have lost their dear ones
And for those who wait anxiously by a hospital bedside.
We pray for the walking wounded
Who witnessed and who will take time to come to terms
With what they saw.
We pray for emergency and security services
Who walked in to the danger to help.
In the days and weeks and months and years that lie ahead,
Let prayer continue,
Let hope return,
Let peace come.
These things we ask in the name of Christ,
The wounded healer.
As Faithwire reported earlier this week, a suicide bomber set off a deadly explosion when an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena was coming to a close. Please continue to pray for those affected by the heinous attack.
(H/T: The Scottish Sun)
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