Prayer for our Lost Youth (Remembering those lost to Teen Suicide)

Spirit of Life, God of Many Names and one Transforming and Abundant Love, be with us now.

On this crisp October morning, may we find it in our hearts to be grateful for the life before us; for a life worth living.

We tremble before a world that generates the pain and cruelty necessary to bring so many of our children to the point of despair. Our hearts break for the families who have lost their sons and daughters this week, this month, to suicide. For being gay, or for seeming gay, or simply due to the callousness of another thoughtless heart. May we remember that this crisis is an everyday occurrence, not so that we come to despair ourselves, but so that we are stirred to lives of compassion.

Spirit of a Renewing Life – Broaden our hearts this morning. Teach us to love one another.  Move us to love ourselves.Inspire us to speak words of love. In these ways, may we ourselves become a spirit of renewal for the corners of the world in which we choose to dwell.

This morning we lift up the names of Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Billy Lucas and Tyler Clementi.  The hope these four teens brought to the world is lost to us with their deaths.  May their families someday find solace in a world transformed by our care.

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