Most tragically, only a few months ago we were writing and reading about the Sandy Hook shooting, and now this.
We do not live in a free society. We lost our freedom, or gave it away, however you want to look at it. We are imprisoned by evil and its consequences–violence, sin, death, destruction, injury, fear. There seems no escape.
Many conversations have already advanced to ‘now what? or ‘how do we move forward?’
For the time being, let us stay here, in the present moment. For especially in the moment, there is comfort and hope.
The Psalmist (13) gives us the words to pray:
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”; my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Say your prayers. Keep the faith, knowing that faith keeps all of us.