Prayer for July 8: Please pray with me. God who hears our mourning, today we pray for an end to all violence and brutality. We cry out to you “when will the violence end? When will the brutality end? When will the killings end?” We ask questions, we cry tears, we shout out in anger. We don’t understand. When will we get it – that violence can only birth more violence, brutality birth more brutality, killing birth more killing, anger birth more anger, justified violence only leads to more justified violence. Regardless of the color of skin of the victim, we cry out to you oh Lord “Make it stop. Stop the insanity.” Hear our cry oh Lord. Make me an instrument of your peace. You call us to be peacemakers, not waiting for someone else to start. Let us begin. Amen.