When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Beloved of God,
Today we awoke to the news of what is being called the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Yet, these words sound all too familiar. They sound familiar because we heard them after the shooting at the Pulse Night Club in Florida. We heard them after the shooting in San Bernardino, California. We heard them after the unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school. We heard them yet again after bullets rang out at Virginia Tech. We keep hearing them.
And yet, may we never grow numb to the senseless loss of life.
We search for the words to articulate our grief and disbelief. In reality, there simply are no words. Families are shattered and loved ones sit dazed in mourning and anger. A city attempts to come to grips with how a man aimed his weapon at complete strangers and repeatedly pulled the trigger. A nation wonders how we will collectively heal from another horrific mass casualty.
Although we may feel helpless right now, as people of faith we know that prayers are powerful and effective. Therefore, we pray.
for all those who have learned, and will learn of the death of their loved ones;
for those fighting for their lives right now;
for first responders who attend to the dying, the suffering, and the bodies of those who have drawn their last breath;
for the doctors, nurses, and medical staff who will work tirelessly and selflessly to save lives;
for the family of the gunmen who must bear the wrath of acts they did not commit;
for those who cannot muster the faith to pray.
And, as we pray, may we remember that prayer is more than words. Prayer is also action. When we have the opportunity, may we act in concert with our prayers.
Your servant in Christ,
Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling