Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | December 15, 2012

A prayer and some thoughts on the Connecticut tragedy

Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! On us!

Dear Lord, be with those suffering in Connecticut today! Send your Spirit to fix the eyes of those who were spared and those who lost loved ones on You, the source of comfort and joy and peace in all tribulation!

“In this world you will have trouble, take heart, I have overcome the world!” — Jesus, to His disciples, John 16.

From Pastor Tomczak:
“It is exceedingly hard to take all our thoughts captive to Christ and hear him say, ‘I AM in control.’ Today is one of those days, where, with Luther, we remember that He is God, and so He is beyond us. If we understood, than we would be God.

“Today is a day to remind us that our own precious freedoms must be balanced with the lives and cares and concerns of our neighbor. Today is a day to hug our children tighter and share with them once more the love of Jesus who loves little children. And today is also a day, as Ecclesiastes says, to mourn, to weep, to cry for what sin has brought into the world.

“Yesterday I studied my sermon text for next Sunday (Advent 4), the story of Cain and Abel. We see just how hopeless things are in a sin-drenched world apart from Christ. As Judgment Day comes, as sin increases, as faith decreases, there remains only the God-man crucified and risen, dead for our sins, raised for our justification.”


  1. Thank you for this lovely prayer and your touching reflections!

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