I had just finished preaching on Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, "Don't be anxious about your life," when life came crashing in. Or should I say evil?!!
I was informed that 50 people had been massacred at a night club in Orlando in the wee hours of the early morning. I was stunned and sickened by the news. While Jesus' teaching stands as a practical lesson for life, the coverage of the indiscriminate slaughter took over my senses and I am numbed in the face of evil.
Where to go in scripture during times like these? I didn't have to travel too far from Jesus' teaching about anxiety, because earlier in Matthew 6 Jesus teaches us how to pray. In the Lord's Prayer, we speak to evil every Sunday and whenever we prayer His prayer we take evil head on; "deliver us from evil." Let us continue to pray fervently our Lord's Prayer. Our Father, deliver us from evil.
In praying for victims of terrorism, I came across this prayer that I would like to share with you.
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.