I have been wondering all day long whether to re-post the “Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes” which I wrote after the attacks in Bruxelles, Belgium, earlier this year. Pray Tell re-posted this prayer in response to the Orlando massacre a couple of weeks ago. Now there is Istanbul. And there had been other calamities in between. Probably, the next terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and human-made catastrophes are around the corner, and in the making. What to do, with this prayer? First, I do not want to have to adjudicate, with every terrible news, whether the latest one “merits” posting the prayer. Second, I clearly was wrong when I thought this prayer was for extraordinary occasions, to be prayed quite infrequently. In fact, it is fast becoming a routine prayer. Third, given the contemporary flow of media (and what is privileges), I am sure there are terrorist attacks, mass-shootings, and other human-made catastrophes around the globe that people like me never hear about.
Altogether, I think I might pray this prayer almost routinely, and entrust the details to our all-knowing, all-compassionate God.