A Prayer for Victims Everywhere

O God of grace, we come before you with hurting hearts to plead for those who are the victims of injury, displacement and destruction. We grieve for those who have lost their lives. May angels surround them and welcome them in peace. We grieve for those who have lost their loved ones and feel as if the ground has disappeared not only from under their feet, but from their innermost hearts. Surround them with your love and tenderness that their pain may not lead to despair. As we watch from afar, good God, and feel the burning question "Why?" scream through our souls, descend with your loving presence and unfaltering assurance that even in life's darkest moments you are always there. Even  pain and questioning are held in the eternity of your embrace. In the time of fear remind us that, in You, nothing is ever lost. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.