Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Tragedy has again befallen people in the United States.
More than 50 people were killed and hundreds wounded in one of the worse mass-shootings in American history.
This follows on the heels of devastating storms that hit Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean islands.
Help us, O God of our salvation!
Around the world, people are being killed. The temptation is to just shake your head in sadness when it happens “over there.”
But it isn’t just happening “over there.” People are hurt and killed by the hundreds everyday “over there” and over here.
This past weekend 4 were killed and another 29 were wounded in Chicago – that’s “here” for me.
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
God is here. I know it doesn’t seem like it. But he is.
This promise is made by God to us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)
Because that is true “we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 10:6)
What can we do? We can pray. We can listen for God. We can do what he says.
We can stand up and say, “Enough is enough. No more!”
“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!”
Join me in prayer:
Almighty and most merciful God, in this earthly life we endure sufferings and death. Grant us grace at all times to subject ourselves to your holy will. Please strengthen the faith of Christians around the world as they mourn the death and destruction that continues to haunt all of us. Give us courage to minister to the injured and fearful and especially to share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can know the peace and joy we have in the blessed hope of the resurrection of the dead and the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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