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Out of the Depths Have I Called You

by The Rev Ann Fraser on May 25, 2022

Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication. - Psalm 130:1 
Dear friends, 
The devastating news from Uvalde yesterday weighs heavily on us as we contemplate the tragedy of lives lost to violence at Robb Elementary. Out of the depths, we cry to God: How long, O Lord? 
Our Rector, the Rev. Beth Knowlton has been in touch, sharing her grief and devastation and joining her prayers with ours. We have been in contact with the Rev. Dr. Mike Marsh of St. Philip’s in Uvalde who was with us at St. Mark’s recently, to assure him of our love and readiness to support their community. 
We ask for God’s presence and compassion to be known and active in the hearts of those who have lost loved ones and had their lives disrupted by this act of violence. We pray that God’s Holy Spirit would be at work to uphold this community in love and compassion even as the grief unfolds. We lament the action and inaction in ourselves and our society that have led to this sorrowful and needless loss, and we pray for God to direct us with loving purpose toward building the peaceable kingdom of Christ here and now. 
Families with children may be looking for support in how to talk with their children about this event. This handout from a resource network for traumatic events offers direct advice, including responding to your child’s questions gently and accurately, limiting media exposure, and understanding that your child might express a need for support through irritability or reactive behavior. Patience and compassion with our children and ourselves will be a welcome gift. 
Our Bishop David Reed points us to the hope Christ bears for us even amid this unfathomable sorrow: “Because I believe in Jesus, I am convinced that sin and death are defeated and darkness will never prevail over the light of resurrection. Because I believe in eternal life, I trust that the senseless murder of these innocent children is not the final thing to be said about them. If the Gospel is true, it is true in all times and in all places, including in Uvalde tonight. If God is with us, then he is with us even in those times and places where it seems that death and darkness have prevailed.” 
We hope you will join us for the Come and Go Prayer Vigil held today, in person and online from noon to 1:30 pm. Let us gather as the broken and grieving Body of Christ and recall ourselves to the faithfulness of God. 
Yours in Christ, 
Ann+ and Matt+ 

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