God of love,

…why so much hate in your world?

God of forgiveness,

…how do we forgive a deranged killer?

God who loves us like a mother and a father, help us act out of compassion by following the example of your son Jesus. May we never forget that we are brothers and sisters of one family.

Be with those who have lost loved ones. Be with the wounded. May their bodies and souls recover from this deep trauma.

Help us not to seek vengeance but to work together to overcome our fears of “the other.”

God be with us.

Amen.