“I cry out to you from the depths, LORD — my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! I hope, LORD. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. My whole being waits for my Lord—more than the night watch waits for morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!” (Psalm 130:1-2, 5-6 CEB)

I have made countless attempts to write the emotions I am feeling this morning, but I have come to the conclusion that there are no words that come close to expressing the sorrow I feel. There is really nothing I can say so instead I cry out to my God. I cannot understand and I cannot imagine why someone would murder, why someone would justify this act (or any act) of violence.

I hope you will join me in prayer, even though our words may be jumbled. I am praying for the families and loved ones who are grieving. I am praying for those who are wounded and recovering. I pray for the first responders and others who put themselves in harm’s way to protect and rescue others. And I pray for those who have witnessed this horrific tragedy and will live with this for the rest of their lives.

I pray that we come together as a church, as a community and as a nation for we are stronger together than we are alone. Together we can find God’s comfort and God’s love. I rest on the words of the prophet Habakkuk who proclaimed that no matter what he goes through or how dark the days might be; nevertheless he will find strength in God!

As I close this email, I am reminded of a scene in one of The Lord of the Rings movies. In the midst of wanting to quit the journey, Frodo turns to Sam and asks, “What are we holding onto, Sam?” And it is Sam’s reply that I remind myself of every day, “That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

I believe there is good in the world and that eventually Love Wins…

Breathe Peace,

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