Dear Church Family,

Our country has been rocked by the Las Vegas shooting – the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.  As the details unfold, we wonder, “what is happening in our world?”   From floods, hurricanes and earthquakes to deadly human violence.

Are these the End Times?  Honestly, I don’t know.  But, I will tell you what I DO know – God is not to be blamed, but to be praised! Even Job, in his deep affliction and personal loss, responded by worshipping God in faith that He is good, always. In the third chapter of Lamentations, we read:

“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”

In this world, we will have trouble, but God promises that He is here, NOW, in our every situation.  He promises us that if we call upon Him, He hears us.

All of these disasters create human suffering. The victims who are left homeless or hungry. The families who have lost loved ones so tragically are suffering. Stephen Paddock must have been suffering to want to inflict so much pain on so many.

I believe that in this time of worldly turbulence and fear, we must respond in love. Our love will be shown by our prayers for those who are grieving and in dire circumstances. It will be shown practically when we give, go or send provision and care in the name of Jesus.

What can we do to make a difference in our world?  We can show the world our peace, our trust and our love – the things we’ve received from Jesus that NOTHING can take from us. We can show the world that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Let’s respond with hope.

Because of Jesus,