I was horrified to read of the recent killings and woundings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. These were evil, despicable acts.
Our hearts break with the thought of spouses and children and families and loved ones and friends whose lives are struck with pain.
I'm grateful for those who serve us in law enforcement, who put their lives on the line every day to serve us, who act as guardians of public safety.
I offer this prayer for us to pray, with thanks to Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan. The prayer itself is an adaptation of the prayer for those in the Armed Forces of our Country found in the Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP) on page 823.
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in law enforcement in our neighborhoods, cities, and on our highways. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; protect their families; strengthen them in their trials; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And this prayer:
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP p. 823.)