After the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, I, like several white straight Christians, struggled to respond. Here’s my imperfect prayer following this tragedy, stemming from my own context. Below are some helpful resources that have guided my prayers. Please note: this will be edited to include additional resources below. Please feel free to recommend any additional resources.
Our hearts are broken.
Our world is broken.
We pray for the Pulse nightclub in Orlando
And other sanctuaries for LGBTQ persons
We pray for the victims and their loved ones
We weep with those who weep
and mourn with those who mourn
Let them know peace
Let them know safety
Let them know joy
We acknowledge that the church has too often been a place for harm for LGBTQ persons
And this contradicts Your call to love our neighbors.
We confess how our words and actions have harmed LGBTQ persons
We admit our silence and fear to speak against injustice is equally sinister
Help us repent of what we’ve done, and what we’ve failed to do
To match our feet with our words.
Give us bold hearts to proclaim your truth:
That your love knows no boundaries
That your love never ends
Help us be partakers in peace
Not a peace that is indifferent to the margins, or subjugates difference
Not a peace that perpetuates status quo
But a peace that does justice, loves kindness, and walks humbly with you
And with those you love.
Let us partake in this peace actively
Listening to those who’ve been hurt by our actions
And bearing witness to your grace in this world
In the name of your Son
By the Power of your Spirit,
After Orlando, Our Silence is Sin by Amy Butler
Six Things Straight Christians Can Do After Orlando by Hugh Hollowell
What Christians Must Do After Orlando by Matthew Vines
Here Are All Of The Victims In The Orlando Nightclub Shooting by Buzzfeed Staff
How Long, O God: The Pulse Massacre and the Ongoing Violence Against LGBTQ People by Reconciling Ministries Network