Hear the Cries of the Victims of Violence

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This prayer by teenager Anne Augstine is about bringing peace to victims of violence and preventing or helping those who commit it.

Almighty God,
Hear the cries of the victims of violence. Find a place of peace for those who are troubled and in harm's way. Let those whose violence has roots in addiction to harmful substances seek help before they hurt others. May those who have guns not be tempted to use them in a manner that could inflict harm unto others or themselves. Please prevent prejudice and hate, for they are the causes of most violence.

We are your frightened children who long for your peace. Please bring it to all of your servants here on earth and protect us from harm and violence. Amen.
Your troubled daughter.

acknowledgments

This prayer is from Life Can Be a Wild Ride: More Prayers by Young Teens, published by Saint Mary's Press. Copyright © 1997 by Saint Mary's Press. Permission is granted for this prayer to be used for classroom or campus ministry purposes. This prayer may not be republished in any form without written permission from Saint Mary's Press. To order this book, contact Saint Mary's Press at 800-533-8095, or visit www.smp.org

Published September 11, 2001.