God of us all,
On this morning our hearts break at the news that authorities delivered to us late last evening about the believed death of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. We grieve with all the people of Birmingham that one of our children was apparently abducted from a birthday party, killed and left in a dumpster. We know that your heart breaks, too.
God, words fail to capture the deep and multi-faceted feelings we are experiencing. We are overwhelmed at the brokenness of our world when cruelty and violence is directed toward innocent children. Grief, sadness, anger, discouragement, fear and so much more fill our hearts. We pray that you transform our feelings into action that prevents something like this from happening to another child – anywhere. And that both your justice and love will ultimately prevail in this situation.
Right now, though, we sit in your presence and grieve. We pray for Kamille’s parents, April Thomas and Dominic McKinney, and her extended family in their immense pain as they experience every parent’s nightmare. We ask that you bring healing in your way and time to their hearts, our city and our world.
Yes, God, on this morning our hearts break. And we sit before you grieving.
These things we pray in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.