Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
It is with aching hearts that we post yet another note of mourning and solidarity with those who lost their lives in last Sunday’s terrible shooting. We grieve with those families who lost loved ones and pray for our brothers and sisters of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, especially their pastor Frank Pomeroy.
In such devastating times as this, it is hard to know what to say, as if anything said could change the atrocity or remove the pain. We mourn with those who mourn. We weep with those who weep. But the truth of the Gospel – the message of the cross – is that evil, sin, and death are never the last word. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus.
We are thankful for the words of the Psalms, which provide real comfort, not empty consolation. Though at times like this it is hard to see, we believe that God is in control. It’s why we pray, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever!”
If you’re not sure what or how to pray today, we invite you to pray these words from Psalm 11:
In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
“Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord‘s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The Lord tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face
Psalm 11 (ESV)
Other Christian leaders have wise words to say for the church today. For more reading see:
Killing is not the answer. The healing of the heart is the needed cure for the soul. Only the cross is the ultimate healer of human malady.
— Ravi Zacharias (@RaviZacharias) November 6, 2017
The San Antonio shooting prompts two sobering thoughts. One, it could have been any of us. Two, it *was* us. In Christ, we are one.
— Ray Ortlund (@rayortlund) November 5, 2017
Our broken hearts are further torn; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven#SutherlandSprings
— Bishop Todd Hunter (@bishToddHunter) November 5, 2017