Pray for all of those who have died and suffered in events at Fort Hood, Texas. Pray for the repose of the souls of the dead. Pray for easing of suffering and hope for the wounded. Pray for strength and comfort for families in shock, mourning, and fear. Pray for health care providers, both those who were serving in the midst of the attack, and those who afterward served the injured and suffering. Pray for the alleged shooter, that God may touch his heart and turn it from violence back to the peace which passes understanding, whether in this life or the next.
And pray for the chaplains who serve them all. Several years ago I expressed my admiration and appreciation for my colleagues who serve in the Armed Forces. Today at the Cafe there are the reports of those serving now at Fort Hood. I often speak of how honored I am as a hospital chaplain to carry the ministry of the Episcopal Church to so many bedsides. Today I am honored to be a colleague to the chaplains at Fort Hood, as well as the clergy of Killeen, who are carrying that ministry into the midst of death and injury, fear and anger, sadness and hope.