What Do You Say At a Time Like This?

I usually have a plan for what I am going to write on my blog each day. Some days are written several days in advance, but Monday is typed up in the afternoon. As I said, I usually have a plan.

Then I flip on the news. As of this moment, 58 dead and at least another 400 injured in Las Vegas. People are dead, other people are hurting, and their loved ones are searching for answers.

In moments like these, I have three separate thoughts.

1. Father God, Hear Our Hearts. This is undoubtedly a time to pray. We ask God to comfort those dealing with loss and heal those who are injured. The Bible gives us an important statement about prayer in the book of Romans. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26 NIV.)

Honestly, I don’t know what to say beyond, “God, please help all those directly affected by the tragedy.” The passage in Romans says that the Holy Spirit will take the longing of our hearts and express them in words to God the Father. He will hear our “groans that words cannot express.”

2. Mourn with Those Who Mourn. While I do not personally know of anyone in Las Vegas, I do know of several Churches there who are trying to shine the light of Jesus. They will no doubt be affected by those involved in this shooting. Those Churches will be filled with people weeping over this disaster. I can pray for those people, and I can feel sorrow over their loss and pain.

I also hope that those Churches will be able to share the mercy and grace of Jesus in this dark hour. I pray that those people allow their compassion and love will overflow into their community.

3. Love the People in Your Life. We never know when our time is up. We never know when an accident is going to happen or a tragedy. With that in mind, take a few minutes to love the people around you. Call your mom. Kiss your spouse. Text your kids.

The world in which we live is a dark and scary place sometimes. Today our nation feels the pain of one lost soul who brought pain to the city of Las Vegas. We pray for them. We mourn with them. We ask God to use this evil for some good in this country, that city, and our life.

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