There is a part of the Christmas story that we don’t want to tell. We would rather focus on angels, a stable, shepherds, a star, and a pregnant virgin.
We skip over the awfulness of Herod slaughtering babies. We can’t imagine the terror, grief, anger, and bewilderment of all those families who suffered the loss of a son.
But that was the world Jesus came to. A world of heartless violence. A world deep in the grip of sin’s effects.
A world that still kills children.
Jesus came to bring love, light, and hope to our world. The change He has made has been so far reaching that we can’t hardly imagine what life was like before He came. Until a tragic incident like this week’s event takes place. And we are confronted yet again with the fact that the job isn’t finished.
And so, we pray for the victims’ families and friends. We pray that God’s comfort and presence are real to them, that His people will be His representatives when and where they are needed most.
We pray for ourselves. We place ourselves and our kids in His care. We ask Him to give us peace in our hearts.
And we pray for our nation. We hope that God will intervene when people try to use this tragedy to create division, factions, and anger. We ask Him to bring peace to our land.