Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Prayer for Aurora

By now we all know about the tragedy in Aurora, CO that took place on July 20th when an armed person walked into a movie theater and opened fire on the unsuspecting audience, killing and wounding dozens.
When the unexplainable happens, we are tempted to ask why, but there is no reason that could satisfy. We can only acknowledge our shock, our horror, our sadness, our compassion, and our hope (even when that hope seems too thin to name).
There are no magic words that will bring the dead back to life.
There is no ritual that will miraculously mend the broken hearts of those who are grieving the loss of loved ones.
Even as wounded bodies heal, we know the psychic wounds may linger much longer.
And while the assailant will undoubtedly face a system of justice, no amount of punishment, rehabilitation, sorrow, or regret will undo the harm that was unleashed by his actions.
And still, as powerless and overwhelmed as the situation may leave us feeling, and as senseless as the violence seems to be to us, human decency and goodness demand of us an expression of concern, despair, and deeply held wishes for healing for the people of Aurora, CO.

And so, once again, we turn to the practice of prayer for the comfort and strength it can provide.
Let us pray:

Spirit of life,
the tears and moans of the grieving people of Aurora must reverberate throughout the universe, touching and moving the very heart of the one Presence in which we live and move and have our being. We can't know what brokenness led to the horrific events of that tragic day. Nor can we know how or when healing, peace, and joy will return to the community that has been so badly shaken. But we do know that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. The night may be long, but it must eventually give way to a new day. We give thanks that anguish is not everlasting. We are thankful that the human spirit is resilient and that Life, in spite of chaos, is always seeking to express Itself in marvelous ways. And so, unnamable Mystery upon which we depend but that can never be fully known, we ask you to move gently among the people of Aurora to begin the healing process that will lead them to one day embrace the possibilities of life again and to claim that peace that passes understanding and joy unspeakable; for goodness' sake. Amen.
In the shared human experience,
Durrell SIg
Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins
Senior Minister
Sunshine Cathedral
Sunday Worship: 9 am & 10:30 am

"I see no evil; I behold only the good.
I have seen the drunkard lying in the gutter, and the saint kneeling in ecstasy before the high altar of his faith; but I have found no difference.
I have perceived that each, in his own tongue, is seeking to express the One Life.
I will not separate and divide; I cannot condemn nor censure, for I know that there is but One in All.
I know that all came from the One, and all will return to the One.
I know that all are now in the One, and that each is seeking to express the One.
I know and Love all!" Ernest Holmes

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