*I originally wrote this litany as a response to the attack on Brussels on March 22, 2016. I later learned that many other places in the world were attacked by ISIS during the surrounding time period, attacks that never made headline news. This litany can be used to pray for folks in any location that has experienced terrorism. I wish it weren't true that we might have use for a general prayer for terrorized cities. Christ, have mercy.
God, we cry out to You on behalf of the people of [Brussels, Belgium].
For the families and friends of those killed in the attacks, we cry.
For those wounded, we cry.
For the bystanders, those shocked and terrified, we cry.
For the emergency workers, giving tirelessly of themselves, we cry.
For those in government and law enforcement, we cry.
For the residents of the city, stranded and immobilized, we cry.
For a world beset by evil, we cry.
We commend the souls lost into Your care,
And ask for healing and comfort for those that remain.
These events bring us into a place of questioning:
Of Your goodness
Of Your sovereignty
Of the nature of humanity
Of the future of the world
Of how we might move forward.
We commend those questions into Your care,
Asking You for wisdom
Asking You for hope
Asking You for courage to continue on in good work
Asking You for help in overcoming
Asking You for comfort in trouble
Asking You for a heart of love toward our enemies
Asking You for justice.
We acknowledge that our lives are precious, vulnerable, and often short.
We acknowledge that safety is never guaranteed.
We acknowledge our inability to perfectly follow Jesus’ example
of meekness, forgiveness, and peacemaking.
We acknowledge that when Jesus took upon himself the wrongdoing of the world,
he took terrorism also.
We look toward the completion of Jesus’ work.
We look toward the fullness of Your kingdom come,
And Your will done on earth as it is in heaven.
We look toward the day when the whole world is aligned with the law of love.
Be near to the brokenhearted, close in Your compassion and lovingkindness, Generous in Your giving of understanding.