This morning I awoke to news of a violent act not far from home. For me, awaking to such news is unusual, and my day to day endeavors are not marked with threats of violence. I pray for those who hear unsettling news and live with real dangers each and every day. It’s easy for me to slip into the dream that everyone lives relatively peaceful, uninterrupted lives; but these dreams are illusions, not reflections of reality. So many face inescapable fear with little to no reprieve. Today, my prayers go out to those people. Hear my prayer, O God.