A Prayer for Olivia

God of compassion, we pray for Olivia, murdered at her home, and all those who have died on the streets of our city. We commit to your loving care her and those who have died in similar incidents, confident that you will receive their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort their loved ones who are heartbroken, and all those who mourn the lost lives. Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days ahead in the strength of your love and mutual support. Soften the hearts and steady the minds of those who would do violence to others. May hate be replaced with love, violence with peace and darkness with your light. Let the love that you have made known to us lead us to create a safer city and protected streets for all to walk upon in peace. Amen.


Dear Father, we present before You those who are victims of shooting. We ask that You touch their hearts. Lord, heal their brokenness and help them not to think and reflect on the violence, but help them to turn towards peace in their hearts. So, heavenly Father, for every shooting victim, we ask that You will bless them and keep them; make Your face shine upon them and be gracious to them; Father turn your face towards them and give them peace in the midst of turmoil, this we pray, Amen.