A Prayer for Survivors and East Lansing (Jason Helopoulos)

Our East Lansing community is grieving, hurting, and reeling in light of the revelations that emerged these past weeks regarding heinous atrocities committed in our community over the past twenty years. That this would happen anywhere is painful; that is happened in our community feels devastating. To say that we are distraught would be an understatement of epic proportions. As a university church, we especially feel intertwined with these events. Yesterday, during our worship service, we called on the Lord in light of recent events. Please join us in prayer. Father, we come to you this morning with heavy hearts For the evils committed in our community The innocence that was stolen And the pain that has been inflicted. As the prophet said, so we hear "A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more." Our children, Lord! Our children Oh, how our hearts are filled with sadness and our eyes with tears as we think of the small children, our teenage daughters, and young women abused over the past twenty years O Father, what wickedness An evil that turns the stomach, confounds the mind, and depresses the soul A monstrous evil committed in our community An evil filled with selfishness and corruption A wickedness that made a mockery of trust and authority A crime injuring the least among us. It pains us to think of a man committing such a crime over and over And the pain only grows as we think how many turned a blind eye But You did not You did not. We praise you this morning that you are a god of justice Larry Nassar thought the abuse he committed would always be shrouded in secret But nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest by your authority Nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light in your light For You will render to every man according to his deeds Your justice will stand And none can thwart it. And so, we beli...

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