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Friday, December 14, 2012

Pray for Families (Tragedy Prevention)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

When tragedy strikes our hearts sink.   Today’s top story was about the shooting and killing of children and adults at an elementary school.  This event received heavy media coverage, but I am sure that many other but no less significant murders occurred around the world today that we will never know about.

Lord come and be with the victims and their families to comfort them! 

While the media is focusing on a proposed government ban on automatic weapons as a result of this most recent tragedy, my mind wanders to the perpetrators of such crimes.   Shouldn’t we be focusing on the people, not the weapons?  What kind of anger or emotional pain must one be in to think that killing is going to relieve their pain, give them power, or bring them happiness?  What must be missing from a perpetrator’s life to get to that endpoint?

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  Matthew 5:43-45

We will never know the answer to “the why or the what?”.  But we do know that we are called to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Let us pray for the families affected by this and other tragedies.  Let us pray for the victims.  And yes, let us pray for the love to be able to pray for the perpetrators.

Hug your children.  Hug your parents. Hug your relatives.  Hug your friends.  Cherish your time together.  Work together to heal old wounds.  Tell your family and friends that you love them.  Perhaps this is the best form of tragedy prevention.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Love is the answer.  Pass it on.