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A Prayer in Response to the Newtown, CT Tragedy

Jesus wept Jn 11:35

Dear Lord Jesus, we abandon ourselves to you tonight—we come running with our tears and our fears, our anger and our anguish, our lament and our longings. We collapse in your presence, with the assurance of your welcome, needing the mercies of your heart.

Some stories are just too much for us to absorb; some evil just too great to conceive; some losses  beyond all measurability. We need your tears and your strength tonight. That you wept outside the tomb of a beloved friend frees us to groan and mourn; that you conquered his death with yours, frees us to hope and wait.

But we turn our thoughts from ourselves to the families who have suffered an unconscionable violation of heart and all sensibilities. Bring your presence to bear, Lord Jesus, by your Spirit and through your people. May your servants weep with those who weep and wail with those who wail. Extend your tear wiping hand—reach into this great tragedy with an even greater grace.

We cry out on behalf of the children of Newtown, those most directly affected by this evil, and for children throughout our country and the world, whose little hearts are reeling with fear and terror. Give parents wisdom and kindness, as they seek to love their children well, this night and in the coming days. Raise up gifted counselors and care givers to serve those most traumatized.

Lastly, Lord Jesus, we cry out with a loud voice, How long, O, Lord? How long before you return to eradicate all evil, redeem all tragedies, and make all things new? How long, O, Lord, how long? Your Bride weeps and waits for you. In your merciful and mighty name we pray.

 


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26 thoughts on “A Prayer in Response to the Newtown, CT Tragedy”

  1. pablo says:

    Hello Mr. Smith, would you mind giving me permission to translate it into portuguese ando post on Facebook for brazilians friends of mine?

  2. Marian Wiggins says:

    thank you, Scotty, for finding the words that I am at a loss to assemble under such unimaginable circumstances- thank you for doing what you do so very well – encouraging and enabling us to clearly communicate or thoughts and feelings to the One who can make sense of it all…

  3. Carmen says:

    I’ve been trying to reblog this. No luck tonight, but will try to do so tomorrow. Such a beautiful, heartfelt and compassionate prayer, Mr. Smith.

    Thank you! Blessings!

  4. Michael Johnson says:

    That is incredibly good. So eloquent that it is almost unseemly to attempt to go deeper. But, the context of John 11:35 compels me to ask a question. Both before and after “Jesus wept”, it says in English translations that Jesus was “deeply moved” in his spirit. Later in John and in Mark, the same Greek word (whose root is horse snorting) is translated as “indignant” or outraged.

    My question is, what in this situation has caused Jesus to be indignant or outraged? You might want to see D.A. Carson’s work Scandalous. I think he does a very good job on this. I also think the discussion is relevant to this situation.

  5. Cathy says:

    Beautifully Said

  6. briann says:

    I cried as I read this beautiful message. I have and will continue to pray for the families of Newtown. My vision is of the Lord holding all those precious ones in his loving arms

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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