November 9, 2017
Dear Brook Hollow Family,
Any words that I might say are inadequate. Like you, I stared at the TV in silence as the news told the tragic story on Sunday. As human beings, we ask the questions, “Why?” and “When will it stop?” As people of faith, we wonder what we can do.
We can pray. We pray for the families of those killed and wounded. We pray for First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. We pray for this rural community. We pray for the family of the one who brought about so much sadness.
We can trust God. Trust God for strength, healing, comfort, and peace that can really only come from God. II Chronicles 20:12 tells about when King Jehoshaphat and all of Judah were surrounded by the enemy. The King was not sure what to do…but they trusted God.
We can hope that the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed amid such devastation.
We can stand in unity with Christians around the world…rejoicing when they rejoice, weeping when they weep, and clinging to our faith together.
We can love one another. On Monday, the pastor’s wife shared “Our daughter was surrounded Sunday by her church family that she loved fiercely, and vice versa.” I do not wish tragedy on anyone, especially our own church family. But what a tremendous statement from a broken-hearted mother: that her 14- year old daughter loved and was loved by this small community of faith. May it be the same for our fellowship of faith…from the very youngest among us to the oldest.
What can we really do? Let us love one another fiercely!