Everyone is talking about the Las Vegas shooting and it brings up some hard questions.
It leads me to ask “where is God in the midst of all this pain?”
“What is he planning and why does he allow this to happen?”
“How can I even pray about something I feel I have no power over?”
I believe these questions are necessary, even encouraged. The disciples asked questions such as these and we are free to do the same.
However, asking the questions doesn’t make it any easier. This is still something hard to handle, deal with, and understand.
I, unfortunately, sometimes find myself avoiding the topic altogether. I become overwhelmed or I feel a lack of means or authority to say anything.
One thing I do how to do it pray. But not the typical “you’re in my prayers” or “I’ll pray about that” kind of prayer.
Events such as these, make me realize how little meaning those statements can carry. And I say that because I myself, neglect those words.
A devastating event like this (or hurricane Harvey or Maria)calls for more than just a quick prayer to ease your conscious or to check it off your list. This is something that affects so many people today and will continue to do so.
This is something a new generation will read in their textbooks. This is something that will be remembered annually. Something many will mourn for longer than a minute.
So it deserves more than a couple seconds of prayer.
Let this be a reminder of how we care for people and our broken world. Let it also be a reminder to take into consideration the meaning of “you’re in my prayers.”
While I am aware that there are people out there who are magnificent at this, I know there are people like myself who needed a new perspective and a little tug on the heart from God to recognize this.
So, with all that said, I hope you’ll join me in asking these hard questions. But also, in praying consistently, deeply, and with meaning as our country grieves.
Until next time,
(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)