In utter devastation,
in sadness and in grief,
we rise slowly with the morning
rooted firmly in belief
that the hope we held so firmly
and the joy that we once knew
is painfully unreachable,
and so, dear God, are you.
We cannot stand before you.
We don't have words for praise,
but we come in silent worship,
our hearts laid bare beneath your gaze.
NOTE: In the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synogogue shooting, we lift our voices in prayer for those whose lives have been lost senselessly to gun violence, and we pray not only for their comfort in this time of grief, but also for unity among all peoples and for wise leadership to protect the freedoms of our country's citizens while also protecting the citizens of our country and the world. May it be so.