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Sickened by Violence: A response to the tragedy in Nice, France.

A response to the tragedy in Nice.

15th July 2016

Prayers for France
(in response to the atrocity in Nice)

Sickened by Violence

Adapted from Psalm 52

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty heros?
You who are a disgrace in the eyes of God.
You who practice deceit and whose tongues plot destruction.
You who love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than truth.
Surely God will bring you to everlasting ruin.
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent.
He will uproot you from the land of the living.

The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
"here now is one who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!"

But as for me,
This will be my way.
I choose to be as an olive tree,
flourishing in the house of God;
I will trust in God’s unfailing love,
for ever and ever.

For what you God have done
I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
I will praise him for his goodness,
And I will hope in his name.

Lord God, have mercy.
Give to France your peace.
To those grieving your comfort.
To perpetrators of evil, Justice.

Lord God
with France we stand appalled,
and long for the long promised end to violence and war,
the long awaited peace long promised.

Remove from those afflicted and those who stand with them all hatred.
Deepen their trust in you, and lead all people into the way of peace.

And God, because we cannot stand it,
turn the hearts and minds of every individual who harbors evil in their soul,
and who plot the destruction of others,
and bring the full weight of your justice to bear.

And Father God hear our prayers,
and all our confusions,
all our disgust,
and all our tears
and all our uncertainties,
and cause us too,
to trust in you,
and from you, and your ways, take our lead.


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