Monday, July 25, 2016

Prayer for those attacked in Sagmihara, Japan
Lord, today we pray for the disabled residents who were attacked at their facility in Sagmihara, Japan. With 60 out of about 150 long-term residents directly affected, we grieve with the entire community there. Their hearts are broken at the loss of friends and neighbors. They may be questioning their self-worth, due to the hateful motives of their attacker. Lord, please speak your shalom over that place. Rally the community around the residents and workers, spurring them on to showing love in creative ways. May your children communicate to these hurting individuals how much you prize them just as they are. May those who are recovering from their physical wounds receive excellent care and respond as model patients, finding quick recovery. Lord, we pray for Satoshi Uematsu, their attacker. Bring him to deep repentance. May justice be administered, and may he also receive any mental health care he needs. Finally, we pray for the family members of those living at this facility. Give them peace as they grapple through all the implications of this incident. May they get to their loved ones’ sides quickly, and may they receive your grace and mercy in their time of need. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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