I pledge to offer my wholehearted prayers for the victims of violence
A prayer for the victims of violence -" I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matt 5:43)
Lord, I come to You wounded and in pain; violence has been done to me. I am in need of healing; of Your gentle touch, Your tender voice and compassionate heart, Help me to transform my pain into new life.Give me the strength and courage to live life vigorously again and to not be afraid of stranger or friend. Turn my despair into hope, my hate into love and my anger into joy.Let me seek to be reconciled with those who have caused me harm. Help me to forgive, as You forgave. Help me to love my enemies and pray for those who have persecuted me. Bring justice and peace to the lives of those who have done me harm. Let them see Your face and feel the warmth of Your love so that they may never injure another.Lord we pray for Your mercy and compassion, We live in troubled times, and the answers to our problems are not simple or easy. Send Your Spirit upon us to strengthen our resolve to root out the violence, hate, and fear in our lives. Replace it with Your forbearance and love. Create in us hearts of courage, grace us with the ability to stand against the violence of our day: the violence in ourselves, our homes, streets and communities. In your name we pray,Amen.