By now you have probably heard that Milwaukee was the scene of yet another mass shooting. Six people are dead, as well as the man believed to be the shooter. More are wounded, including the police officer who stopped the gunman. The site was a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek; the victims, starting with one of the priests, were gathering for morning worship.
The world is sickened by this outrage. All of us at Time of Grace, as well as all of us in the greater Milwaukee area, grieve with the families of the victims. Please join us in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is with heavy hearts that we approach you today. You designed and created each human being on earth, and each one is precious and valuable to you. How your fatherly heart must hurt at such senseless slaughter.
Lord Jesus, you predicted that over time the love of most would grow cold. How hard it is for us to see your words coming true. Truly we live in the end times. Truly Satan, your archenemy, is revealing himself more and more in his hatred for people and hatred for you. We are all at risk. The times are violent. We need your heavenly protection more than ever. Send extra angels to surround us with your divine protection.
Holy Spirit, let us learn anew from this catastrophe that no one is guaranteed endless tomorrows on this earth. Our time is short. Let us use it well, listening to your wonderful Word, learning of our wonderful Savior, and believing in his wonderful promises. Help us all to cherish each other and love each other now, right now. Encourage us to share the life-giving news of Christ with a new sense of urgency.
Bring comfort to all who are mourning right now. Let this ugly disaster be the occasion for many acts of love and mercy.