Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer for Orlando


Dear Friends,

The mass shooting that took place this past Sunday in Orlando, Florida is both horrifying and numbing. Below is a prayer that has welled up inside of me as I have processed the massacre. I know that you join me in praying for all affected by this deplorable act of violence.

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference

God of us all,

We feel numb with the recent news of yet another mass shooting in this world you created.  We know that you are grieving with us at this senseless and tragic act of violence. We are certain that it breaks your heart whenever such horrific events occur anywhere, anytime, to anyone.

We have more prayers on our hearts about this than we can enumerate, God, including those for:

  • the families, friends and colleagues of the 49 persons murdered and the 53 who were injured during the shooting;
  • the LGBTQ community targeted by the violent act;
  • those close to the killer who are heartbroken by his actions;
  • the city of Orlando as the residents deal with the trauma that comes in the aftermath of such violence;
  • our Muslim neighbors who, like us, are horrified by the act;
  • Bishop Ken Carter and the United Methodists in Florida who are representing you and your church in a powerful way in this moment.

God, we give these prayers over to you and your care, grateful that your love is stronger than hate . . . your light shines brightly in the darkness . . . your hope fills the emptiness in our lives . . . and your goodness is greater than evil.  Make us instruments of your peace and love, O God, in all that we do and say . . . in how we interact with both neighbor and stranger . . . with our responses to fear . . . with our commitment to justice, mercy, compassion and love . . . and in the spirit with which we live our lives. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.  Amen and Amen.

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