The Love of Jesus Christ Prevails over Evil and Death
It was with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the horrific violence that occurred in Orlando, Florida. Joined together in the Lord, recalling the promises of Christ, our first response is to think of those who have lost their lives in Orlando, and to pray that our heavenly Father now welcome them into the embrace of his loving arms. We pray also that God come to the aid of the wounded and help them to heal in body, mind and spirit.
May the God of all mercy and compassion also touch the family and friends of those who have died and have been injured, together with the first responders and health care providers, and that they be given comfort and peace in this dark time. We ask as well that the Lord grant all of us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
As people of Christian faith, we know that evil and suffering, violence and death will not have the last word. The love of Jesus Christ will prevail. Thus, our hope and trust is in the Lord. Though it appears all too often that our civilization is walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil. The Lord is in our midst and he walks with us (Psalm 23:4).
Today let us stand together and with all people of good will in making another impassioned appeal for peace and security in our communities and throughout the world. Let us also glorify God by responding to evil with love.