Grant them eternal rest
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
It was close to home this time, Lord.
The guy was twenty minutes from my children.
We don't normally shop at that mall,
but we shop.
Some days I feel like just locking the doors
and sitting in our house together, where it's safe.
But we go to school. We go to work. We live.
God, thank you for the training and skills
of the police officers who risk their lives
every day to keep us safe
in the out an about of our daily lives.
I don't understand things sometimes ... well, most of the time, actually.
It is not so much the understanding, but the peace of mind that I desire.
So, if it might be possible,
is there some way I could
feel that peace of mind,
even if I don't understand?
Forgive us, O Lord, for our manifold sins and wickedness which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against your divine majesty.
Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful God.
In your holy name, Amen.