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After Sutherland Springs Massacre, a Time to Mourn

Ecclesiastes wrote that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4). Now is a time to mourn, a time to weep. Now is a time to grieve with those who grieve and hurt with those who hurt. And now is a time to turn to the Lord and ask Him to have mercy on our nation and heal our land.

Who can imagine the pain of the people of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, a town of just a few hundred?

Already 26 are confirmed dead, ranging in age from 5 to 72, all them shot while worshiping in their local Baptist Church. One of them was the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter.

Twenty more are reported wounded, meaning that most of those in the service were shot. Can we even begin to wrap our minds around this?

Every family in this town has been affected. Dreams have been destroyed. Plans for a bright future have been demolished. What a massive, unspeakable tragedy.

You wake up on a Sunday morning on a beautiful fall morning, you head over to the church building to sing to the Lord and pray and hear a message. And you never make it home. Or your spouse or child or grandparent never makes it home. Or you’re airlifted from the service in critical condition, your whole life turned upside down.

Can we let this sink in until our hearts are breaking? Can we let this sink in until we share some of the burden with our brothers and sisters in Texas?

Read more at the Stream – https://stream.org/sutherland-springs-massacre-time-mourn/

Additional reading:

What to Know About the South Texas Church Shooting – http://time.com/5010772/texas-sutherland-springs-church-shooting/

Who was Sutherland Springs suspect Devin Patrick Kelley? – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41884342

San Antonio Archbishop Grieves for Victims of Texas Baptist Church Shooting – http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/san-antonio-archbishop-grieves-for-victims-of-texas-baptist-church-shooting

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