A prayer for Colorado






Gracious and loving God,
you watch the ways of all of us
and the utter destruction of which our hands are capable.
We implore you to weave goodness and grace
In the lives of those destroyed by senseless violence.

Surround those whose lives are shattered
with a sense of your present love.
Wrap them in the worn quilt of your compassion.
Though they are lost in grief,
May they find you and be comforted.



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153 responses to “A prayer for Colorado”

  1. Sorry for this shot of reality: if a loving God existed, he could easily have prevented some very nice adults and children innocently being killed last night.

      • Actually, it’s a pretty vibrant and exciting reality! You’re freed from having to wonder why bad things happen, looking for a greater purpose because there is none. You can focus on the things and the people in your life that really and truly matter, without the rules of religion tying you down and clouding your mind. You can marvel at the complexity and splendor of the universe, and that we occupy just a tiny portion of that, and how lucky we are to be here to catch a glimpse of it. I am an atheist, and (when I’m not being harangued or harassed by fundie Christians or holding my head in bewilderment at the awful things they say/do) my reality isn’t dismal at all!

        • David,

          Except for the atheist part you just described my exact walk of faith – right down to the harassment by other Christians. Well, expect maybe the questioning part. I am always full of questions – especially the great question of theodicy. Not all Christians are tied down by archaic rules but are living into Grace in wild and free ways.

          Glad you stopped by and hope you will keep on hanging around 🙂


    • This is reality: For God so loved the world that he give his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him might not perish, but rather have eternal life. That isn’t a glib panacea for the pain of this sort of event. In the impenetrable mystery that is God, rather than preventing humans from evil he instead allows us to freely choose evil over love. Furthermore, he chose to identify with what he made so closely that he became God-with-us. He knows personally and intimately the evil of which we are capable. Yet he chooses to be human for us.

      You are right, God could have easily prevented the massacre in Colorado, but chose not to. That is a very uncomfortable truth. Instead, God chooses to redeem what is completely and utterly existentially alien to all that he is. Why he does things that way is his business. I don’t like it, but it is what it is. I know him, and have found him trustworthy with all the crap that this broken world dishes out. You can too.

      • Sure. God must have been too busy helping someone find his car keys or helping a sports figure with his game to get involved.

        • SF,

          I share in your utter repulsion for theology of a God that works the way many Christians talk about God. The question of theodicy really does keep me up at night, many nights. I have a very hard time with the theology of folk who would believe in a God that gives away touchdowns as a reward but allows/causes millions of people to suffer from hunger, disease, disasters and at the hands of one another. This is not a God I find worthy of worship, nor is the God that Jesus reveals to us. God is not a cosmic vending machine squirting out holy snicker bars for the Tebows of the world and rancid sandwiches for the rest. I do not fully understand God, nor does anyone who claims they do. I do believe that God is with us though sometimes I am just furious with God. In some circles feeling something like that is tantamount to heresy but not here. I am in a real relationship with God and sometimes that means I am really pissed off with God. Most of the time it means I am baffled by my love for God and by God’s love for me in the face of evidence on both parts that we just might be jerks 🙂

          But theologically speaking…the hardest issue with which I wrestle is this concept of an all loving, all powerful, all good God. One of these things seems to be untrue if God either makes or allows such tragic, horrific nonsense to occur. Unfortunately I believe that God gave us this life and this world with complete and utter free will with which to do with as we please. And it seems that violence pleases a whole lot of people. But I do see God present in the touches between loving people who compassionately come to the aid of people in times like these. That is where God is – in the verb love. Loving one another as best as we can, however we are able, IS the presence of God.