Heavenly Father, today we pray about the sexual abuse of 37 young girls by a swim instructor in Germany. First, we express gratitude that this man was convicted in court Monday. We are thankful some justice has been served. We are also thankful that he shared his deep regret about his actions. Lord, we desire that you work on this man’s heart as he serves his prison term. May people come into his life who will help him get the guidance he needs. And may he truly repent. We pray he will never have the opportunity harm children again. Lord, we pray for the dozens of young girls this man abused while entrusted with their care and instruction. We are deeply saddened that these girls experienced such trauma, including threats on their life, during their formative years. Lord, we pray that rather than leaving lasting scars, the resilience of these young girls will allow for a quick recovery. Please provide them with excellent emotional support, wise counselors, supportive families, and all they need for healing. Bring peace to their young hearts. May they experience your love in a deep, enduring way. May they learn when to trust and when to tell and to not be afraid. Please bring peace, hope and healing for their parents as well. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.