O Lord our God we thank you for Your loving presence in all situations of life. We wish more people felt Your loving presence and acted with a sense of grace and love. This is a characteristic and habit of life we wish for everyone.
In the midst of the response to the incident at Spring Valley High School this week we begin with a prayer of thanksgiving for the life of everyone involved, regardless of the role they played. Regardless of the guilt they must bear or the innocence they claim. Regardless of the attitude with which they expressed their response to the situation.
All of our lives we have seen public schools as the place where community-based issues are played out. We debate opening religious exercises that included prayer and Bible reading. We constantly debate the quality of education, what ought to happen in the classroom, and what extra-curricular activities ought to be sponsored.