by Lee Hull Moses
The honest truth is that I’m tired of trying to figure out what to say after tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas last weekend.
Our General Minister and President, Terri Owens, offered this prayer:
Oh, Lord – we ache for a day when peace will reign. The families and friends of those killed in the shooting in Las Vegas are in our prayers. We pray for their parents, for their children, for their coworkers to feel your loving arms around them. And God, we pray for healing – healing of physical wounds for those injured, healing of emotional wounds for them and others who experienced the fear of this attack, healing for those whose sense of safety has been dismantled. We pray for healing for this fragmented world where mass shootings are all too common. Lord, hear our prayer.
I’m grateful for her words.
I’m grateful for the words of the Psalms, especially Psalms of lament, that give voice to pain and grief without reaching for easy answers.
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God,
that he may hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
— Psalm 77:1-2
I’m grateful for the stories of sacrifice and generosity and kindness that always surface in the wake of tragedies like this.
I’m angry that “tragedies like this” is a thing.
I’m thinking about gun control laws, and about how people say it’s complicated, but the honest truth is that it doesn’t seem very complicated to me: I don’t understand why it’s legal for any civilian to own the kind of weapons he owned.
I’m thinking about the Biblical prophets, and about Jesus, and about how they are always calling us to repent, to turn around, to choose life.
I’m thinking about the baby we will dedicate in worship this Sunday, and about all our children, and about what kind of world we want them to grow up in, and I’m glad that the children of our church will be grounded in the stories of the hope of God, and surrounded by the care of people who love them.
I’m praying for the victims, and for all of us.