Prayer of the Week

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May you find a prayer, a poem, an idea in an article, a book, movie or CD that brings some moment of peace, or release, or a nod of understanding. At a time when I was suffering a great loss of faith, the only thing that made sense of what happened was a line from a book. I read it over and over. I said it to myself over and over. And finally many years later, with many people and ideas inspiring me along the way, I discovered my faith again. When I think of those words now, and think of a different person reading them with a different experience of loss, they might not be comforting at all.

Please share what has helped you, your "ah ha" moments, even your "not knowing" – by emailing us at encouragement@crimevictimscouncil.org

The Psalms are prayers to God – some angry, full of rage and despair. Some of them are printed on the Prayers page. You might want to write your own.

One of my teachers, Stephen Gilligan, writes in his book...
The Courage to Love about effective suffering, "In effective suffering, experience changes and self-love deepens as the heart cracks open to a deeper tenderness and centeredness. As the Buddhists say, the heart was meant to be broken, over and over again. Not shattered, but opened to a greater connection with self and world." (p. 14).

With the loss of a loved one or as the result of a crime against us, our heart may feel shattered. It is Crime Victims Council's fervent prayer that healing will happen, and the shattered pieces assembled in some way that brings a deeper connection to self, God and world.

Clergy Resources

Victims of crime need you. Not only at the beginning of their grief and healing journey, but all along the way. Clergy are trained to visit the sick, the dying, the bereaved, but very few know how important their presence is during the criminal justice process -- court appointments and trial of the offender. Please attend these important proceedings and have persons from your Nurture or Stephen Ministry group be there too. Victims need a faith representative to bear witness and give support during this part of their recovery.