Hello Faith Family
As many of you have heard by now, there has been a tragic event near our church building. May I encourage you to do the following.
- pray for everyone directly affected (9 dead and 16 injured) and their families/friends
- pray for all the witnesses who are probably still processing what they just went through
- pray for our faith family members who live in the neighbourhood
- pray for all of our first responders (police, fire, paramedics)
- pray for our public leaders to be wise and courageous
Second, repent. I am reminded of what Jesus said.
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-5, ESV)
- repent because our world is not the way it suppose to be
- repent of not doing more to make a gospel impact in this world
- repent of our shortcomings
- remember God’s grace in our lives that gives us an opportunity to live for and shine His glory
- remember the joy of the Lord that gives us strength to persevere through trials and tribulations
- remember our maturity in Christ and be adults (especially for our children who need us to be mature)
Fourth, reach out.
- reach out to our faith family, if you or anyone you know were directly impacted by this event
- reach out to me (or someone), if you would like to speak to someone about any fear or anxiety
Beloved, let us not live as victims of our circumstances but rather live as victors in Christ. This is who we are.
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:55-58, ESV)