It doesn't seem right to give thanks for what happened in Sutherland Springs yesterday. In recent years, the increase in the number of attacks on churches is representative of the rapidly changing climate in our country. 26 people were horrifically murdered with dozens more injured for the simple reason they showed up to worship Jesus. This could've been any church. This could have been anyone's children. This could have happened in any community.
I'm not grateful for any of that, but I am grateful that even when I don't know what to pray or do, God's Word provides me with instruction. I may not know what to pray, but that doesn't have to stop me from praying. I'm thankful for a God who knows what to do. He knows how to answer my prayers. He knows what I should be praying and responds as if I do.
I'm heartbroken for our brothers and sisters. May God bring comfort and healing to everyone affected. May the Church rise up. May we not cease in praying for those whose lives have been drastically changed by the evil of one deceived person.