There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Words: Carolyn W. Gillette, 2016.
To a place of celebration
Filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation—
One man’s efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken;
What can we do?
Now, we’re feeling lost and shaken;
Heal our nation! Make us new!
Weapons kill—and so does silence;
Hear our prayer as we confess:
We have given in to violence,
We have bowed to hopelessness.
God, we’ve lost our sense of vision
Of a world where there will be
Plowshares made from violent weapons,
Justice in society.
Give our leaders strength for action,
Give them minds to mend our flaws,
Give them courage and compassion,
And the will to change our laws.
May we work for legislation
That will curb guns’ awful toll.
God, renew our dedication
To a world that’s just and whole.
Give us love to change our vision;
Give us love to cast out fear.
Give us love to speak with wisdom—
Love to work for justice here.
Give us love to welcome difference—
Love no hatred can destroy.
Only love can stop the violence;
Only love will bring back joy.