God whose love holds our children in your hands,
You must be weeping today, as we are.
School children in Santa Fe, Texas gunned down. And then explosive devices — including pipe bombs and pressure cookers — found in and near the school.
The horror. Again.
Terrified children run from their schoolrooms into the woods, sit in the brush, hiding until the terror passes. Tears and screaming, chaos and fear.
A tenth grade girl spoke truth to tragedy:
Every school shooting, kids getting killed, innocent kids getting killed.
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, described the shooting:
One of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.*
Another student spoke of her fear:
It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too. I don’t know. I wasn’t surprised. I was just scared.
We acknowledge, God, that the unsafeness of our children in their schoolrooms is our national shame.
And we talk incessantly, God, about what should be done and what could be done, what ought to be done and what must be done.
And we promise our “thoughts and prayers” — empty without our action.
Then we ask you to intervene, God, but we fail to give our own energy and commitment. We refuse to stand courageously and work diligently until we see change. We refuse to storm the offices of our Congressional representatives demanding their promises to address this national failure.
Discussions cover the news channels. Again.
The president says he’s heartbroken and orders flags flown at half staff. Again.
Empty words, God.
Grant us, God, a shield of protection over our innocent children. Give grace and peace to parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, friends who grieve great loss in this very moment.
Give extra strength to those attending those who are wounded.
And most of all, God, we ask that you ennoble us — every one of us — with the courage and the resolve to seek what is just and right, so that this kind of horrific tragedy will not befall another school, will not terrorize another child, again.