This evening my family went to be present to weep alongside of those who weep. The 49 names of those killed a week ago were remembered with tears and with longing that things would change.
I believe that the city of Orlando needs love, but only the love Christ can give. I believe that Orlando has never been more in need of the Gospel than it is right now.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Prayer by Pastor Josiah Ravish
Pastor Josiah wrote this prayer for our worship gathering this morning. Would you join us in praying this prayer?
"Dear heavenly Father, as we sit in the wake of this horrendous act of evil a week ago, we cannot help but feel frantic and afraid. How long until “the wicked are no more?” How long is “just a little while?” We long for your return when your glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea and you make all things right. There, we will not cry, or fear, or hurt. You will be the one to wipe our tears and embrace us against your chest.
We ask to experience that embrace today. On this Father’s Day, especially bless those who mourn the loss of their son, daughter, father, mother, relative or friend. Give them peace in the deepest recesses of their souls even at the absence of understanding.
Teach your church courage in the face of fear and give us wisdom to demonstrate love and practice justice. Keep us vigilant until you come again knowing that our works are never in vain; Your gospel WILL prevail! In the triumphant name of Jesus we pray, Amen."