out of the depths we cry to you
our souls melt for heaviness;
they are weary with sorrow
they are downcast
bowed down to the dust.
Our tears have been our food
day and night.
We mourn for the loss of Your children
who came to what they hoped
was a space where they could be safe
and the space was violated.
They were teachers and parents
great friends and brand managers
overprotective brothers and army captains,
contagious personalities and pharmacy technicians
good kids and assistant producers
blood brothers and ride operators
the best godmothers and Target employees
beautiful souls and high school graduates
cancer survivors and baristas
dancers and the kindest people you could meet.
But first and last and always
they were, and are,
We mourn for them.
We are in mourning.
And we will not move on
we will not move on
no matter how undignified it may seem
or how uncomfortable anyone becomes
we will not move on
we will not move forward
we will not move away
we will not move from this spot
until we have flooded our beds with weeping
until we have soaked the dirt with tears
until the roots of injustice are permeated with grief
and while we grieve we wait.
We wait for you, oh Lord,
more than watchmen
wait for the morning.
And we ask, “who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, oh Lord.
for only You can turn our darkness into light.
Surround us with songs of deliverance.
Cover us with Your feathers,
give us refuge under Your wings,
prepare a table in the presence of our enemies:
for those we have mistaken for our enemies
but are brothers, sisters
whom we are called to love
because we are the Church
even if we don’t understand
even if we don’t agree
if we can live in complete unity
then the world will know
You are Love
and they will know us
by Your Love
the Love only You can do
for You are Love
is a promise that preserves our lives,
everlasting to everlasting,
full of redemption,
always displaying your power
among the people
the people whom
One thing we ask
this is what we seek:
for Your children lost,
Your children here,
Your children here who are lost,
let us dwell in Your hiding place
the shelter of Your tabernacle
high upon the rock of our salvation
let us dwell in Your house
Forever and ever