Dear Father, be with THESE PEOPLE‘s families as they grieve over the shocking and so totally unexpected, violent deaths of their loved ones. Amen.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.,” Matthew 5:4
The news stories cover the shooter in depth, the dead’s names and details are slowly coming out. Their families will never ever be the same. There will be guilt for the woman whose husband died and she didn’t, the husband who wasn’t hit but his wife is gone forever. There will be grandchildren who never knew their grandparents, loneliness for long-time spouses. Christmas will never be the same. Tomorrow will never be the same. And yet we won’t know them, but we’ll know the killer and are being told he had problems; we will give him all the second chances his victims never had.
We ask you to be with these families, dear God……comfort them. Help them to forgive for their own sakes, for their own health. Help them find the peace only You can possibly provide when hate and anger are the first emotions we so understandably feel.
Please have each person who reads this blog post pray at least once for the victims’ families. We are told in scripture to pray for the shooter, too. Please make that easier than it might be. ***
That was the end of my post until I saw the (huge!) video below on Facebook at 2 AM this morning and knew this had to be added to the sad post above, which I found hopeless but honest. The video below reminds us how good God is. God is complicated. We don’t know His intentions, His timing, why terrible things like the shootings above happen. But we know really GOOD THINGS HAPPEN, too. Make sure you watch her story till the end…..”you can feel it in your heart.” It helps us to remember that. (Thanks to Jerry, who reminds you all to make sure you wait till the (huge) video downloads below the verse from Proverbs because the message is so worth it!)