Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon the people of Boston. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Explosions rang out at the Boston Marathon. Children and adults were wounded by shrapnel while others were killed. In this time of darkness, Holy God, may your
resilient light shine forth.
May your heavenly light and love embrace the victims of this
tragedy: Krystle Campbell (29), Lu Lingzi (23), and Martin Richard (8). While we are saddened by their deaths, we trust that you will hold them in your eternal embrace, Gracious God.
May your healing light shine on the many innocent bystanders were were wounded by the explosions. Bring your healing to their physical, mental, and spiritual lives as they travel the road to recovery.
May your light shine on the family and friends of the three people who were
killed. There's no way to explain the
darkness that indiscriminately murders children, women, and men. They
were each someone's son, daughter, mother, or father — and nobody can
fully understand the immense grief and righteous anger of their loved
ones. They need your light, Loving God. Please pour it forth.
May your light shine on the family and friends of all of those who were
wounded. This tragedy has sent ripples of grief and anger
through all of these people, as they ask the questions anyone would ask.
Why? Why her? Why him? Why a child? Why like this? This is a moment where there is a dark night of the soul
for many people. So, we pray that you hold them in your light. Please
bless all those around them, not with platitudes, but with authentically comforting
words. And in the weeks and months ahead, bless them with a passion for
seeking justice and building a more peaceful world.
May your light shine on all of us who are saddened and sickened by the
news of this act of violence. We suffer from afar as we hear about this
on our TVs and read about it on our computers. In our own work of
processing this event, Holy God, bless us with enough frustration to
reject acts and symbols of violence in our world. And bless us with
enough hope to inspire us to work toward building a better,
safer world for all people.
May your light shine on the bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whose darkness
overcame their light. Perhaps they had a long history of perverse decision
making. Perhaps their family history was painful. Perhaps their social life
was conflictual. Perhaps their mental health was compromised. Perhaps they community of support was of little support. Whatever darkness overtook these men, may it never drive another person to this level. Shine your
light into darkest corners, Gracious God.
And may your light shine on the friends and family of the murderer — who
may be asking questions to which there are no easy answers. May their
sadness, anger, guilt, and shame be accepted by those around them as
they process this situation. And someday, may they be able to see and
know that light does shine in the darkness — and the darkness will not
Even in the midst of this tragedy, may we hold onto the hope that your
light will continue to shine forth in the darkness until we are able to
boldly proclaim the words of Isaiah: “Arise, shine; for our light has come, and the glory of God has risen within us.”
(This prayer is based on Isaiah 60:1-2.)