In shock and grief, protect us, O God

A prayer for the students, families, and staff of Virginia Tech, and for all others touched by the acts of this day —

Save us, God of Caring, from the death of our joy. In our sadness, our lostness, our agony, be the strong arms that hold us up. Give us enough courage to take one small step into the future, and then another, and another. Give us the bravery we need to hold Cho Seung-hui and his family in our hearts; they, too, have been irreparably broken this day.

Help us understand what it takes to be deeply connected to each other — to all the “others” of Earth — and stir up in us courage to act out of that love. Teach us to be towers of compassion in a world desperate in its need. Amen.

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