I just want to shut off the news. I can’t hear it anymore. But that would be defeat. And I am not going to let the enemy freeze my prayers.

If you feel at a loss as to how to pray for the families  affected by the shooting in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, here’s a prayer to offer on their behalf.


We know You are near. Lord God, show Yourself. Each day, let these heart-broken parents and family members see, hear, smell, touch or feel one thing that shows you are near. They need Your comfort. Your compassion. Your closeness. We know you will not leave them  in their time of great sorrow. Let them know you are beside them, holding them,  listening to them, weeping with them, carrying them. You are close to the brokenhearted.

Come Lord Jesus.


My mom heart aches.
It cries for you.
It cries for your unimaginable loss.
“I’m sorry” falls so short.

 Few words found, many tears come.
I want to hug you, to cry with you, to sit beside you.

Yet…down on my knees is where the need is met.
I will pray for you.

 ~Lori Wildenberg

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Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.

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