Prayers in the Wake of Newtown’s School Shooting

By Karen Hendricks

Today is the first day of school since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  The impact of this event has sent emotional shockwaves across America and many of us still feel a sense of profound loss and sadness.  So today, I offer a prayer for all parents and children who are fearful of going back to school, fearful of what the future holds, fearful for our society.  This is a “prayer for protection” from one of my favorite books, The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian:

Lord, I lift (name of child) up to You and ask that You would put a hedge of protection around her (him).  Protect her (his) spirit, body, mind and emotions from any kind of evil or harm.  I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, injury or any other physical, mental or emotional abuse.  I pray that she (he) will make her (his) refuge “in the shadow of your wings” until “these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1).  Hide her (him) from any kind of evil influences that would come against her (him).  Keep her (him) safe from any hidden dangers and let no weapon formed against her (him) be able to prosper.  Thank You, Lord, for Your many promises of protection.  Help her (him) to walk in Your ways and in obedience to Your will so that she (he) never comes out from under the umbrella of that protection. Keep her (him) safe in all she (he) does and wherever she (he) goes.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen

Art teacher Eric Mueller sets up 27 wooden angel cut-outs in memory of the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  Photo Credit: Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY


Art teacher Eric Mueller sets up 27 wooden angel cut-outs in memory of the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Photo Credit: Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY

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One thought on “Prayers in the Wake of Newtown’s School Shooting

  1. Beautiful post Karen. I read the book you referenced years ago and still refer to it. The words in the prayer you posted echoed the prayers I said last night and this morning before sending my three off to school this morning. It wasn’t an easy task to let them go. Blessings, Robyn

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