February 17, 2018

Associate GMP Shares a Prayer for Today in Response to the Parkland Shooting

Look below to read this prayer by Dr. Timothy James, Associate General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, and Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation.

February 16, 2018

Dear Lord, once again your humble servant bows before the Throne of Grace with a heavy heart and tear stained eyes. The headlines of the world news announce yet another school shooting, the 18th in the year of our Lord 2018. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of this most recent catastrophic event on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, simultaneously observed and simultaneously interrupted. We lift to You, Caring God, the victims and their families, their classmates, friends, teachers, and the school administrators. We pray also for the first responders, the medical staff, the rest of this stunned nation and even the perpetrator’s family. Lord remember all who have been so deeply impacted by this malicious act. Please grant, Provider God, sufficient grace and comfort as only You can at such a time as this.

Our children and faculty are dying and people are crying, because of this tragedy and others like unto it. People want answers to why is this happening, again and again, without measures taken to stop it? People want to hear from those in authority who can make the change. It is a deeper issue than politics and gun control. It touches mental health, social morals, and the absence of a spirituality that respects life. Lord, we need to hear from You, even through those of us who are willing to be a blessing to someone along the way. Lord we ask for boldness to be used to ease the burden of pain and grief. Yes Lord, if You please, shine out of our lives, so that the world will know that there is light in the midst of this chaotic darkness. Lord, let us be the light through which You shine bringing hope in the face of hopelessness.

This is Your servant’s prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Timothy James

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