She’s been sleeping like this for nearly and hour and I can’t seem to put her down. Holding her a little tighter tonight in the wake of the horrific massacre in Orlando. How many mothers and fathers will never again be able to hold their children because of this evil?

If I could hold her here forever – safe, sheltered, protected. Never knowing an unkind word, an act of violence, a malicious intent. I fear for the kind of world in which she will grow up. I understand now a bit of how my parents felt every time they sent me out into the great unknown; praying for my safe return.

I pray that God would give me the courage and strength to parent her to be a light in this dark world: pointing the way to Christ and the light of salvation.  That her heart would burn brightly as a testament of God’s grace and mercy though Jesus Christ.

I pray for and with the families forever changed by this tragedy – their lives now a sharp divide of before and after. I’m not an eloquent speaker and even if I were, there is no combination of words that would be sufficient to comfort you. Just know that so many – people you will never know- have hearts that are breaking for you.

“LOVE must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is GOOD. Be devoted to one another in LOVE. Honor one another above yourselves. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12: 9, 10, 15



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