He is our peace and our hope. He is truth and love. In him is life. Apart from him is nothingness. A meaningless existence.
God, right now as we anticipate the celebration of your coming as a baby, we need your light more than ever. Senseless tragedy has ripped sweet young children from their families. Heroic adults have put down their lives to protect the children that you love so dearly. God, our world does not make sense. It is so filled with evil.
Be our light this advent Sunday as we light the candle of joy. Remind us that we can delight in you even when we feel as though darkness consumes us.
Lord, I lift up the families of all those precious people who died yesterday. I ask you to hold the other students and staff close to you in the coming weeks and months as well. Be with the officers investigating this horrific event. I pray that they see your light and feel your peace and love this holiday season. Be with each of those effected through this tragedy.