For Friday, December 15, 2012: Our Nation Morns!

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December 17, 2012

    Jael Ever:  In these times of sorrow, what can we say that will bring comfort to the families shattered by this tragedy, to their neighbors and to our nation?  What  solace, what reasons, what future, what Scriptures come to mind?

Rev. Repriestly:  Isaiah offers:  “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith Your God (40: 1).”  We know that these acts of violence against innocent children come solely from the depths of hell.  But God’s Word says “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12: 12).”

From the depths of our hearts, Father we cry out for the strength to overcome these satanic acts by changing the ways of our nation toward better laws to combat such violent mindsets and grievously malevolent acts.

Brother John:  Father, we pray for bereaved loved ones, and for the leaders of our nation.  According to Your Word, please give our leaders the wisdom to take us away from this death-filled violence, and toward a nation of Your blessed peace.

As Your Word says in John 10: 10:  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  These blessed children were killed, and stolen from their families, in attempts to destroy families and communities and disquiet our nation’s peace.  We call upon You that we may know and receive more of the Life that Christ attained for us on His Cross.

Brother Michael: Father this killer of innocent children was a coward.  He came from a dark place, hidden from the world’s understanding.  But You know Father where he came from, and who sent him.  As You say in John 8: 12 and 12: 36, help us to follow Your Son, The Light of The World, that we may be children of light, not of darkness, that we may not go to the dark place of the killer’s abode.

John J., Jr. and Sissy:  Dear God, we pray for the children who lived through this bloody attack in their school.  As You promise in The Bible, please heal their memories and emotions:  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.  Trust ye in The LORD for ever: for in The LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26: 3 – 4).”

Jael:  And Father please forgive us all.  As parents and churches, we have not prayed as we should.  Please forgive our leaders who did not fight harder to overcome gun violence in our homes and on our streets.  Help them to do so now!

Please forgive us for not falling on our knees, and crying out for You to protect our neighborhoods from such unmitigated assaults, for not crying to You for our children to be spared from this mindless devotion to weapons of death.

As You promise in Christian prayer books :  “But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared Psalm 130: 4.”  Only from You can we receive this forgiveness, and only from You can come the courage to change!

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