• Sunday , 23 July 2017

Words Fail Amid Unspeakable Tragedy

Panic-stricken people who had gathered at Le Carillon restaurant in Paris, the site of one of last Friday's attacks, suddenly run away from the scene en masse for reasons that were not immediately clear. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Words fail amid unspeakable tragedy, but silence can be seen as assent or indifference. So we pray, believing that God can bring new life from our inarticulate, often impotent cries. As the world mourns those struck down by horrific acts of violence, The Upper Room invites you to pray with us. We offer the resources below as tools for reflection, fully aware of their limits. 

May God grant us peace as we remember that what we shall be has not yet been revealed” (1 John 3.2).


Resources from The Upper Room for reflection and prayer:

From The Upper Room Living Prayer Center:

From How do we view migrants?

From The Academy for Spiritual Formation: Responding to the Paris Attack

From Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012): 

In the Face of Disaster

Lord God, we don’t know how to pray.
This immense disaster feels overwhelming.
We can only imagine how the victims feel,
and we are so many miles away that we feel helpless.
Surround those directly involved with your loving presence.
Comfort the families of the dead and injured,
Sustain those waiting for word of those they love.
Protect, strengthen, and uphold
the rescuers and emergency personnel.
Help all of us to remember that your love
is bigger and stronger than despair and destruction.
Guide and strengthen us to reach out to those affected
in ways that will bring healing.
Give them and us a sense of your peace and hope.
In the name of Jesus, our friend and healer. Amen.

—From page 60 of Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments,
compiled and edited by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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