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Grace in the Midst of Tragedy

A prayer for the shooting victims in Tucson

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
January 14, 2011

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Grace in the Midst of Tragedy

That Tucson Safeway wasn't safe
as one deranged and fueled by hate
took aim at unsuspecting souls
and shot six people dead.

A 9/11 baby died.
A Congresswoman would survive,
but not the Federal judge whose status
couldn't save his life.

Who says that evil isn't real?
Not those whose grief has left them ill.
Satanic forces stalk our land
and rob our peace of mind.

O God, may grace envelop hurt
with words and actions that assert
that You who weep with those who cry
can heal each broken heart.

* This poem was written for the members of Grace Community Covenant Church in Tucson with gratitude for their faithful and caring witness in a grieving community still in shock.


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Bob Jorgensen from Seattle, WA writes:
January 14, 2011
Nice job Greg .... wonderful words in the midst of turmoil.

EKM from 98801 writes:
January 19, 2011
Lest we forget! Inflammatory linguistics & hate-filled political discourse is the kind of rhetoric that incites mob mentality & stirs the unstable to act out. "Don't retreat" & "reload" are gun-based metaphors that should never be used as political signifiers. As well, a crosshairs bulls-eye over map of the districts of lawmakers not wanting re-elected to Congress, which included Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is now fighting for her life after the massacre at Tucson, should never be used as a political signifier.

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