Most of you are aware of the tragic news from this past Sunday in Texas where a gunman shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 more as they worshipped at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The ages of those killed ranged from 17 months to 77 years. This kind of tragedy should move us to a deep sense of sorrow for the families and the community that have been directly impacted by this clear act of evil. In Romans 12:15, the apostle Paul writes that we are to "Rejoice with those who rejoice, (and) mourn with those who mourn." Our hearts are clearly heavy for those who have experienced this incredibly painful loss.
In addition to sorrow, however, we should also be moved to a deep posture of prayer. This tragedy marks the latest of several acts of violence and bloodshed that have touched our nation in recent months. While we do not always have answers to the questions that are being asked, we do have the only true and lasting source of hope: Jesus Christ. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs as well as their extended community at this time. Pray for God's comfort, strength, and grace to sustain those affected. As you pray, be reminded that one day our Savior, Jesus Christ, will make all things right again in His coming Kingdom.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. - Revelation 21:4