The news traveled fast. While many of us were in our own church services this morning, the news of another shooting, in a church in Texas, was unfolding. As we digested this news and began to hear the stories of the victims, we could all relate. Week after week people sit in church services all across this country. It could happen anywhere. It could happen in our church. This morning, it happened at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas.
Our thoughts and our prayers immediately went to that community and to that body of believers. Our hearts were saddened for the families of those victims killed and injured. The one thought that entered my mind was that many of the victims were likely Christians and were ushered into the presence of God. I thought, how important it is to KNOW you are ready to die.
The above verse of a hymn written in 1901 rings very true today! The evil of this world seems so strong at times but God is still in control and there will come a day when He will come back and have complete and total victory over the evil of this world. While those words, and verses like John 16:33 that says; “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” gives us hope as Christians, we realize there is a church, a community and a country that is grieving this day.
God is a God of comfort and it our prayer today that the fine people of Texas feels our prayers of comfort, peace and healing for them today. We pray that God will move in their lives and make His presence known to them. We pray that somehow, someway, the Savior of the world will be glorified through this tragedy.
This is a broken world we live in but God is the Master at putting broken lives back together. I am reminded of the chorus of a song written by the late Dottie Rambo and I want to leave you with it:
“Until He comes, I’ll love Him though I may not see
My broken heart and bitter tears are good for me
And the darkest valley may be left
To walk before I’m Home
But I’ll take it to Calvary, until He comes.”
We will continue to pray for Texas and we invite you to join us in those prayers.