What Can We Do?
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
It is hard to “fear no evil” today. The horrific story coming from Colorado today is deeply saddening. Once again we are confronted by another gun violence and human tragedy in America. While our national media focuses on this, we also know there is chaotic violence going on in Syria and many other places in the world. All of it is sickening and deeply challenging.
As Christians, we are asked to pray for peace, pray for the victims and for their families (who are also victims).
All of us know these things will happen, but we hope they won’t. 9-11 happened. Aurora, Colorado is happening. Sadly, we all have a long list that we can conjure up about these kinds of violent acts in America and elsewhere. Sadly, this list may continue to grow.
My hope is that we can pray together, hope together and do all we can to make for a peaceful, constructive and loving world. That is within our power as individuals and as a community of faith.
Our hearts weep for all those affected by these events – both at home and abroad. Our faith teaches us that every human life is sacred, so some part of us always feels ripped open by the suffering and violent events around us.
I hope you will take a moment today to pray, and to pray with courage and hope. The world needs you right now – the world needs us.
God, sometimes things make no sense. People are hurt and die in ways we do not understand. As faithful and sensitive people, this hurt can feel overwhelming. Still, we know that you walk with us in all things, and that you walk with us in the darkest moment, calling us to fear not. So we pray for courage, and to let our faith speak into the fears we feel today. We pray for all the victims and their families in Aurora, in Damascus and everywhere people are hurting and die in violent ways. Help us, O Lord, to be the peace Jesus sought and taught. Amen.