A Vigil tonight in Newtown, CT
A Vigil tonight in Newtown, CT

Words are hard to find
To describe that which makes no sense –
How can we comprehend, such dark and wild violence?

Words are hard to find
In the face of loss so immense –
How should we respond to darkness so intense?

Words are hard to find
As these images burn the eye –
How can we change this world while parents weep and cry?

Words are hard to find
As questions and confusion fill the air –
How can we reach out to those hurt and show them that we care?

Words are hard to find
As we assemble singing ‘Away in a Manger’ –
How can we communicate Jesus to a world immersed in grief and anger?

Words may be hard to find
As we watch in wild disbelief –
Our full presence without voice is what is needed in this grief.

We offer thanks, O Lord
For those who’ve entered into the pain –
to pray, console, and offer love and be your hands again.
Lighten our darkness, O Lord.
Protect us from the evils of the night.
Be with all who weep and sorrow, as Beacon and as Light.
We lift our voice to pray,
Even though words are hard to find –
For children lost, for teachers too, and families left behind.