This past weekend, 29 people died and dozens more were injured in two mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio (MSN.com). In El Paso, authorities are investigating it as a potential hate crime. In Dayton, the sister of the shooter was among the nine people killed in its entertainment district, late night. In the same weekend, during First Fridays at the Crossroads, the daughter of a pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection lost her life.
My heart is broken. The hearts of the parents, friends, Walmart workers, officers and medical staff are also broken.
The Lord says in Psalms 147:3 that “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (KJV). In these last days of the last days, amongst all the tragedies and the rumors of wars, it sometimes is hard to hold securely onto the faith. I am reassured that we do not have to always maintain a warm smile or pleasant attitude or upbeat spirit. On the other hand, it is a blessing to smile anyway, to praise him through the circumstance. Our equipping comes from the Lord (Hebrews 13:21). He will equip us through every tragedy. Be patient in affliction, we are asked to do (Romans 12:12).
“He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:35).
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