Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Prayer regarding Mollie Tibbetts' death and surrounding issues

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/us/mollie-tibbetts-missing-iowa-student/index.html

Heavenly Father, today we grieve with the loved ones of Mollie Tibbetts. We pray for her family, boyfriend, friends, and all who knew her, as they process the news that her body has been found in an Iowa cornfield. Give them great peace as they deal with unanswered questions and anticipate experiencing the justice system as it moves forward with suspected killer Cristhian Bahena Rivera. Lord, we also grieve that this terrible tragedy was almost immediately politicized, due to Rivera’s status as an illegal immigrant. We pray for those who are frustrated by this broken system, that you would give them peace, hope and grace. We also request wisdom for Iowa and America’s leaders, as they continue to grapple with heated immigration issues.  And, Lord, we pray for Latino immigrants in Iowa, both legal and illegal, as they anticipate and possibly experience the backlash from this man representing them so dramatically poorly. May all Iowans—including immigrants--view each other as human beings, made in your image and of great worth. Finally, we pray for justice for the Tibbetts family--justice for Mollie. May Mollie’s memory bring out the good in people far more than bringing out bad. In Jesus’ gracious name we pray, amen.


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