”Pray for Us”

I’m overwhelmed and my words feel as if they are tumbling out and sliding off my keyboard. Another multiple-victim shooting in our country? Earlier today the horrors unfolded in San Bernardino, Calif., where I lived for more than a decade post-college. Last Friday just about eight miles from my home in Colorado, another mass shooting ripped into our collective psyche. “Close to home” reaches a deeper meaning for me.

prayer - candle in handsThe words brave and resilient are increasingly intermingled in news reports and interviews with government and community leaders. Now is not the time for me to share my opinions on these tragedies in America and around the world. Instead, I am dedicating this brief message to ask for us to pause and pray. Would you join me in praying right now for all the people affected by these senseless murders? One of the women in today’s shootings sent a text to her father: “Pray for us.”

Her three short, tangible words remind us to put our busyness on hold for even just 20 seconds and ask for healing and help for those injured and those traumatized by these merciless shootings. May the grieving loved ones right now sense the closeness of the “God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3) and may we never let these troubled acts become normal to us.

Bless you for blessing countless others through your heartfelt prayers.

Brave and Resilient Tip #126: Your prayers matter!


  1. These last two shootings sure do drive us to our knees. Thanks for encouraging us all to pray, Beth. It will make a difference, I’m sure.

  2. Greg Schneider says:

    Thanks for the reminder….and thanks for your prayers. There will be lots of grieving for families in the San Bernardino area this Christmas season. Pray that some will find new life in Jesus through this tragedy.

    • Greg, you are right there in the epicenter of this latest tragedy. Ugh! Tomorrow we start the first of three memorial services for those killed here last week. I know there is and will be good coming from these shootings, including people trusting “the way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).

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