October 6, 2017 Esther Shemeth

A Prayer for Vegas

In the aftermath of the terrible events at Las Vegas this past week, calls rang out across America to “Pray for Vegas.” As Pentecostals we believe in the transformative power of prayer. However, in times like these it is often difficult to put into words the full extent of what we are feeling or want to say. This is made especially difficult when there are issues requiring prayer and attention that have been plaguing our society for months now. We here at ECCLĒSIAM want to help you find your voice. The following prayer is inspired by the Prayer of St. Francis and reflects the situations which we find ourselves in today. We ask that you pray this prayer with us, meditating on its words and finding ways in which we can all put it into action.

Lord make us your instruments here on earth.

Where there is chaos in the mind, let us bring peace to the heart.

Where there is darkness and confusion, we pray for tranquility and hope.

We pray for wholeness in families whose lives were shattered and broken.

We pray for unity as a nation as we deal with the mayhem around us.

We pray for clarity of thought when dealing with the repercussions of this tragedy.

We pray for sensibility and understanding when dealing with stubbornness and pride.

 

O Lord, make me a vessel for Your righteousness.

Where hearts tear, let me stitch renewal.

Where bigotry breathes, let me arouse peace.

Where hopes shatter, let me construct joy.

Where fear ascends, let me inspire assurance.

Through You, charity may be recognized and compassion may be sincere.

Together as one nation, permit our actions to bring forth your reconciliation, grace, and courage in years to come.
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About the Author

Esther Shemeth Esther Shemeth is a sophomore Multidisciplinary Studies major at Southeastern University focusing in religion and marketing. She has a strong interest in photography, film, graphic design and how they have the potential to unlock some of the greatest existential breakthroughs in a person's psychology and theology as the modern era of technology progresses. In her free time, you can catch her glued to an informative, nonfiction best seller at a local book store or seated at the piano engaged in playing one of Debussy's alluring compositions.