whose Light penetrates the darkest night,
blinding evil with Almighty goodness;
whose Wisdom brings order out of murky chaos,
whose Grace carries us to holiness
even in the worst of human tragedy:
Grant us strength to continue to believe
that senseless loss can be averted,
that our danger-filled world
can be transformed,
that violence can be ended
before any more innocent children are lost.
Protect those who fear for their little ones,
and who, like Rachel, weeping for her children,
long for hope,
so that one day we shall all dwell secure
in your perfect love.
In the name of the One who came as a little child,
and escaped the jealous murderer’s snare:
Even Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray.