Friends of The Good Shepherd,
You are in my prayers this week, that God will fill you with love and peace!
This week we have been plunged into the darkness of violence and death once again. Please keep in your prayers all those in Las Vegas whose lives have been taken from them and the many who have been injured physically, emotionally and psychologically. Also, please keep the loved ones of the victims in your prayers as well. This senseless violence has become all too commonplace in our world. This is certainly not how Jesus has shown us how to live.
Let’s be careful not to allow our hearts to be overwhelmed by such acts of violence. Let’s be careful not to allow the love of God in our hearts to be replace with fear and violence. To that end, I encourage you not to watch too much of the news when these acts of violence occur. The trauma of watching the footage again and again is not healthy for us physically, psychologically and emotionally. Instead, center yourself in God’s love through quiet prayer, or go for a walk and be one with the creator and all creation.
O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our brothers and sisters whose lives were taken in Las Vegas. In your boundless compassion, console those who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 493)
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (BCP 505)
See you Sunday!
Peace! Pastor Dan