Don't be afraid, for I am with you. - Isaiah 41:10
Getting the call last night about the horrific incident in Las Vegas, my whole world seemed to shake. The list of domestic terror attacks that continue to plague the world and our country has become devastatingly long and heartbreaking.
I woke up this morning determined to make a difference, to help, to do anything I could. I wanted to write an article about what happened and maybe somewhere in the process, make some sense of it myself. The more and more I thought and brainstormed and tried to figure out how to put that event into words, I realized that I couldn't. There was no way for me to make sense of the travesty that unfolded. I wasn't there. I didn't see it happen. But I felt every bit of it in my heart. The only way that I can even begin to think of helping is to send all my prayers and thoughts up to God for every single person affected in any way. I know this is not nearly enough -- but it what I feel God is calling me to do.
If you clicked this article, I'm guessing you felt like you needed to make sense of this incident too. I would really like to take a few minutes of your time to pray over you and our world.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being the God of all gods and the Lord of all. Thank you for all those praying across the world right now for those that can no longer do so. Thank you for the amazing law enforcement, civilians, and Americans that responded so quickly and so heroically to a scene of utter devastation. I pray that you bring peace, comfort, love, and guidance to those who are struggling with today's news. Peace to those who are currently searching for loved ones.
Comfort to those who have lost those whom they love. Love to those who feel lost in a sick and sad world. Guidance to those struggling to make sense of what happened last night. I know that You have promised to not give us more than what we can bear but I must admit that I am struggling to accept it. How much more can we bear, Lord? How many more tragedies must we endure? Give us the faith to seek you in times of struggle. You are the God of wind and water, stillness, and storm.
Fill us with faith and love.
Use us to be your ambassadors. We pray for those caught up in the midst of this tragedy, for those worried about people they love, for those who will have to say goodbye to loved ones forever. We pray for your love and guidance for those who desperately need to find you. For those confused and in despair. We praise you for being our Light in the darkness, our shelter in this storm.
In the strong and loving name of Jesus. Amen.