I had my 7 Quick Takes ready to go yesterday but in light of the horrible tragedy in Connecticut, what I have to say seems silly. Like most of the mothers in this country yesterday, I hugged my children and cried. It was a true mental exercise to keep my mind on anything else last night.
This post is a simple reminder to all Christians everywhere to pray for the people involved in this incident. Pray for the mothers and fathers, the siblings, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles of the precious children who were killed. Pray for the first responders at the scene and for all the emergency personnel who witnessed life-altering trauma yesterday. Pray for the family members of the gunman who are not only suffering the loss of at least two of their relatives, but are undoubtedly also dealing with the guilt and shame that comes with association to the perpetrator. Pray for the children and teachers who have survived; their lives will never be the same again. Pray for kids all over the country who are fearful to return to school.
Pray for these people today, pray for them a month from now, pray for them on a random day in April when the media has turned it’s attention to something else. Most of all, don’t forget that prayer is not just a sentiment. It is not trite or useless. ”I’ll pray for you” is not just something you say – its something you do. Don’t forget to do it.
Lord, hear our prayer.