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Not again, Lord!
Violent gunman. Innocent children
Devastated loved ones
Faith stretched beyond belief
How long, O Lord, will evil reign?
Did you see when he bound them?
Quivering lips, pounding hearts
So innocent and sheltered
Lurched into a nightmare
Oh why did you not intervene?
Father, you watched as your Son was slain
Surely your eyes are crying tonight
Jesus, you felt the pain of death
Bear it now for those left behind
Spirit, come comfort the broken
Come bind up the wounds
So deep, so wide, so irrepairable
Hold them tight in your unfailing love
Until the gaping wounds are closed
and the hearts have begun to heal
Give them hope that they will yet praise you
For you are Jehovah Rapha
God of compassion
With healing in your hands
Elizabeth de Smaele
02 October 2006
Poetry and Prayers