A prayer released by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for the victims who were serving our country and their families after the terrorist shootings in Chattanooga, TN on Thursday, July 16th:
Lord, we remember in our thoughts and prayers the family and friends of the Marines who were killed in Chattanooga. Almighty God, You are a very present help in time of trouble. Let not the heart of Your people fail when fear comes, but sustain and comfort them. Heal the hurting and wounded, console those who mourn the loss of their loved ones, protect the innocent and the helpless and deliver those who are still in harm’s way from evil. Gracious God and Father, Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to bring us heavenly peace. Yet violence, conflict and rage still raise their ugly heads among us. Bring restoration of calm and security to the survivors and all those in the neighborhood. Heal the wounds that have been inflicted. Preserve the peace. Open Your Fatherly heart and bountiful hand to help all in need. Grant that we all may live together in unity and peace and that all hatred and ill will be remembered no more. Give us the peace the world cannot give, and grant us grace that, delivered from all conflict and strife, we may live in harmony and safety, and finally having gained eternal rest of the saints in glory, may praise and bless, worship and glorify You forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.