When you live in Chicago every night on the news there is another mother or father lamenting the loss of their child. When is it going to stop, they cry? What can we do to end the gun violence? Why does our society put up with throwing away the lives of these children so casually? These prayers are not new. Habakkuk said a similar prayer: “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene.” God’s answer to his prayer offers some consolation: “The vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.” But you can only imagine the parent grieving over their child shot down so callously, “But it is too late — too late for me and my family.” Which leads to a second prayer, the prayer that the apostles addressed to Jesus: “Increase our faith.” Jesus response to that prayer is to urge service, “do what we were obliged to do.” If we can bring peace, extend forgiveness, promote reconciliation, overcome resentments, heal divisions among our family and those woven into our lives, that will ripple out and help to bring about the new kind of society we yearn for.