Prayers for Victims of Abuse

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday. (Psalm 91:1-6)

Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be victims of abuse before the age of 18. Churches can be easy targets for those who have bad intentions. To this end Sessions have developed Child and Youth Protection Policies in order to keep safe those whom God has entrusted to our care. The PC(USA) has recently launched a helpline which can help both victims of abuse and churches in their prevention efforts. They can be reached at 866-607-SAFE. Additional resources can be found at http:\\www.insuranceboard.org/abuse_prevention.

 

Prayer for Victims of Abuse

Great creator God who formed us in your Image, we pray that you would help us to keep those you have entrusted to us safe. We know you are the great protector, a very present help and refuge for those in harms way. We ask you to be especially close to those who are suffering at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect, nurture and love them. Grant them your peace even as you work to cure the hearts of those who perpetuate violence and abuse. You who alone are worthy have given worth to each of us. Help us to trust and believe in the worth we have in each of us as people created in your image. AMEN