Verse of the Day
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Last summer people registered shock along with this very odd feeling of deja vu as we experienced, here in America, another mass shooting, this time in Orlando, Florida. These random acts are worldwide, I know, but when it’s close to home it’s even harder. And they happen much too often these days.My words echoed across the internet and Facebook where people stream for comfort from people they know they will encourage them to stand steady in the face of this tragic loss. What is important to remember, above all, is to ask yourself what would Jesus
My words echoed across the internet and Facebook where people stream for comfort from people they know they will encourage them to stand steady in the face of this tragic loss. What is important to remember, above all, is to ask yourself what would Jesus really do in the face of these tragedies? He would love. It’s as simple as that . . . let’s follow His lead. and show the world Christian know how to love!
Today, allow me to share the words from a man I have never met who lives two states away from me. Here are the beautifully written words of Dr. Tom Paceof St. Lukes United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.
Sometimes, they are gay people, like Orlando. Sometimes, they are French people, like Paris. Sometimes they are African-American people, like Charleston. Sometimes, they are children, like Sandy Hook. Sometimes, they are college students, like Virginia Tech. Sometimes they are high school students, like Columbine. Sometimes, they are people simply watching a movie, like Aurora. But they are always just people. They have families, fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers and sons and daughters. Today, as we are heartbroken by the murders in Orlando, we are reminded not so much of our differences, but of our common humanity, that we are all just people, children of God, and as such, brothers and sisters of one another. When we see people hurting, we hurt right alongside them, because we are people of compassion.
Gracious God, we pray today for the people, for those who are injured in Orlando, for the families of those who were killed, for the friends and loved ones who are grieving. We pray for healing, and that they will feel your comfort and strength. We pray that they would be reminded that they are not alone. We pray, God, for our enemies – for those who for whatever reason –terrorism or hatred or mental illness or any other reason—would seek to harm others. We pray that we would be called anew into the work you call us to do, to draw people to your Son Jesus Christ, and to be an instrument and a sign and a foretaste of his kingdom of peace and justice. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.1
- Pace, T. (2016). UMC-Houston texas. Retrieved from the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stlukeshouston/timeline
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