When families of perpetrators or victims are caught up in the consequences of crime, it can be costly and shocking; turning the familiar upside down, stripping away any sense of security or comfort and exposing the innocent and uninvolved to distress, judgement and condemnation. It could happen to any one of us.
Generous God, always ready to share your gifts with us, we are all your children who could at any time be caught up in criminality or need to care for our loved ones as they deal with imprisonment or victimhood. Be present and strengthen those who are supporting the victims of crime, those who visit prisoners and await their release. Give support to the damaged and vulnerable, so that they can come boldly before you and claim your promises of grace, mercy and new life through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.