26 May Praying for the families of Robb Elementary School
Read Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: We pray for the families of Robb Elementary School.
*Today’s devotional is the letter Pastor Stan sent out Wednesday Evening*
We are all praying for the families affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas. The thought of a gunman entering a school and killing 19 children and 2 teachers is beyond our comprehension. There is nothing we do that is more important than keeping children safe. Our schools are one of the places we want to believe are safe for our children and the teachers who care for them.
Yesterday, I spoke with a mother who lost two children years ago due to illness. The pain she is feeling after she heard this awful news reminded me of how this shooting is traumatizing any parent who has ever lost a child. Every parent I have pastored who has lost a child has told me that there is no pain as great as losing a child.
When I first gave my life to Christ, I discovered Psalm 40:1-2:
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.”
I was young when I first read those words and had no comprehension of the real pain that we would all see in this world. However, I remember taking comfort knowing that this passage said that God promises to bring healing when nothing else can. Today, this Psalm is what I am praying for the families affected by this tragedy. I invite you to join me in this prayer:
“LORD, I pray for the families of Robb Elementary School. Turn to them and hear their cry. I know that only You can lift them out of the pit of despair. Gracious God, You are love. Love and comfort these families. Help them during this time when life makes no sense. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”
I watched quietly as the flag in our Memorial Garden was put at half-mast. As we see flags at half-mast in our towns, let’s remember to bring more love and care into every encounter we have with others. We pray, we mourn, and we cry. Let’s also ask the Holy Spirit to help us be the light and change we want in our world.
In Christ’s Love,