Gun Violence — A Prayer

Grieving for the lives lost in Oregon, a
prayer for World Communion Sunday, 2015:

Merciful God,

At least three while
we sit in worship,

Eighty today,
as we rest
on the Sabbath,

Thirty thousand lives
lost in a single year.

Some were taken
by their own hand,
some by accident,
still others by strangers.

All were lost in
brutal acts of violence,
sacrificed on the altar
of our rights.

Christ gave up everything
so that I might have life,
what am I willing to give up so that others may live?

Lord, have mercy.