From the Gospel of Matthew 2:18
‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
Today in our time of devotion together we are meeting at the cross. Just a couple days ago all of us Texans have endured a tragedy of unspeakable evil, that brings to our hearts sorrow too deep to put into words. The only place we can turn for comfort for peace, and for any sort of healing is the cross.
The prophet Isaiah wrote that the Messiah, God's chosen, God's servant, God's helper would bear our burdens. He would bear our sorrows. Indeed Christ suffered this tragedy upon the cross so long ago. And he rose triumphant over the evil that had taken place two days ago here in Uvalde, Texas. He holds those who are suffering in his arms. He is there to comfort and give a peace that the world cannot give. We pray together for those families affected by this tragedy, and the community of Uvalde, that they would have the peace of Christ that passes all understanding. We pray that the Lord will give them strength to take one step forward every day, as they mourn and grieve the tragic end of their loved ones.
Let us pray: Almighty God, have mercy on the families and the town of Uvalde. Comfort them in their grief. Deliver them from anger, and sustain them with the knowledge that they are upheld by your everlasting arms. Grant them your Holy Spirit, that they may meet the days to come with steadfastness, knowing the hope that we have of the glorious resurrection, and a blessed reunions in heaven with those they love who have departed in the faith. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Take a moment of reflection, meditation and pray as you listen to this hymn.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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