I pray for strength and wisdom for those whose calling it is to comfort and support others in times of crisis, especially clergy and counselors, and I pray that in this season of waiting for Christ's coming, we may all know His peace.
Holy God, be near to those of us who are teachers and parents as we continue to care for the young you have given us. Give us compassionate, caring hearts to listen to them and the wisdom to know how to respond to their fears.
I pray that your love surrounded those babies and the administrators and teachers today. Bless the survivors, help them to heal. And as you taught us to forgive, bless the family of the gunman, and help them to find peace as well.