A cry for comfort and safety


(Vietnamese brother comforting baby sister )

I wake this morning with few words and an aching heart.

I share this image as an icon of comfort and compassion – a human response at any age. 

I share this prayer as a way to express the thoughts I carry deep within. 

For Nice, France

“God have mercy on all those who have lost their lives without reason. Lift them up in your strong arms and hold them close. Receive them into a place where there is no more terror or sorrow. Help the injured to recover. Guard them from further pain. Comfort the families with deep compassion. Give them a sense of your presence as they search for a way to bear their grief. And pour your Spirit into this broken world. Let your love run like waters of life into every mind and heart. Show us how to confront what we cannot comprehend and stop the sacrifice of so many innocent lives.”


quote: Bishop Steven Charleston
image: Vietnamese siblings, taken by Na Son Nguyen, 2007