My dear friends in Christ,
Like you, I’ve been reading the stories of the mass murder in Las Vegas Sunday evening. This has shaken me to my core as to the evil that was unleashed that night. Satan makes no difference if he is sowing his death and destruction in Afghanistan, New York City, or Las Vegas. This is once again when some of us may wonder "Where was God Sunday night in Las Vegas?" I'm writing tonight to assure you that God was there. He was there in the actions of the first responders saving lives. He was there in the bravery of strangers helping one another, some even shielding others with their own wounded bodies. Do I know why God allowed this carnage? No. I'm only able to understand that He is going to use this experience to allow good things to happen; I know that's hard to believe right now. Yes, Jesus was there with a broken heart, seeing once again so much hate and pain, delivered up by the Enemy. Please remember this passage that describes the death of His dear friend Lazarus, from John, chapter 11, helping us to understand the ache of suffering and death that this brings to Him:
33 "When Jesus saw her (Mary, Lazaruz' sister) weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” He asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
Please pray for peace and healing of all of those affected by this now common carnage; please pray that this kind of violence is to never be seen again. Please pray that God will bring His peace to our land. Please pray for each of us, that we would be loving influencers to everyone we run into; this might be a person who is contemplating violence to others or themselves. A kind word, spoken in love and care could make all the difference to that person's life and possibly the lives of others. Hold onto the precious Word of God to even begin making sense of this all:
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" John 14:27.
Peace in Jesus our Lord and Comforter at all times,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
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