How tragic, O God, is the death of our children,
the innocent victims of life gone awry,
now slain through abuse, random shooting, gang warfare.
Oh, why must it be that these precious ones die?
Divine tender parent, we know you are weeping.
We pray you to show us the work we must do
to put away weapons in love for our young ones.
God, lead us and show us the paths to pursue.
How helpless we witness the murder of infants,
yet you, loving God, are our guide and our friend.
Reveal to your people the means to our healing,
that torrents of violence may come to an end.
Then streets will be full of the laughter of children,
set free to explore the world's wonders, to play.
and cities and towns will be places of safety,
God, help us accomplish and welcome that day.