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Prayers for Healing from Communal Tragedy

Words cannot express the heartache we all feel as we watch news reports of student deaths on the campus of Virginia Tech today. Here are some prayers I’ve found that seem appropriate.

Blessed are you, Source of Life
Who helps us to bring
Light where there is darkness,
Healing where there is brokenness, and
Peace to all of the earth’s inhabitants.

This prayer was written by the staff of Kolot, a Jewish studies group, after the 9/11 tragedies.


Here’s another prayer fragment I found that works well in this instance:

Dear God, provide comfort to all of the grieving families and friends. We will be your partners, Lord, and shower your loved ones with Your message of concern and consolation.

–from a prayer adapted by Rabbi Eric M. Lankin, D.Min.

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Shauna Baker

posted April 17, 2007 at 6:40 pm

There are no words that can express the total shock and devastation I felt at seeing this tragic news today. I feel so sad for the loved ones of the people who were killed by this gunman, as well as for the family and friends of the gunman himself. WHEN will the USA realise that the right to own a gun needs to be overridden by the right of everyone else to safety in their environment? It is NOT ok to allow guns to be used by all and sundry simply because they feel like getting one. If ever there was a trigger happy culture, it has to be the people of the USA. For heaven’s sake, your tragedies have changed laws in our own country, why can you not see that people do not have the power to control their anger and the devastation that causes is a million times worse when they can get a gun without any trouble. If these were children of the President or any of the lobbyists, there would quickly be a change to the laws. Wake up America. Demand your safety, and nothing less from irresponsible gun ownership. I am a bereaved mother and I truly feel for the parents of all of the dead young people caught up in this hopeless situation today. God Bless and keep you all. RIP

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posted April 17, 2007 at 7:29 pm

My prayers go out to the families also. I believe there are circumstances behind this that really do not hinge upon any type of gun law. Based on what I have read, this was not a “spur of the Moment’ thing. I am reminded of a thought that was provoked during my college days in a criminal justice class: “Is it the finger that pulls the trigger, or the trigger that pulls the finger?” I am not sure. But one thing I do know, that is, we are living in serious times, prayer is definitely in order.

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Cathy Buonanno

posted April 18, 2007 at 1:14 pm

This tradgedy reminds me that our children our not “ours.” They pass through us to live life here on earth but we are never assured of a long life for them or for ourselves. Love them eveyday!

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posted April 23, 2007 at 3:54 am

When I hear some of these terrible stories, it makes me feel like I don’t want to be on this planet. Sometimes I ask “What did I do so wrong as to end up on this violent planet”? I wonder if Buddha pondered this? He did say life was suffering. But he also said there is a way out of suffering. Selfless service of non-attachment and compassion is the way. Awareness as you walk this journey, and it will lead to an inner peace despite the outward drama. This is what I need to remind myself of.

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