Wednesday Evenings

18 06 2015

Like many places of worship my home church has Bible Study on Wednesday nights.  It is a special time of sharing with our Pastor about the Bible, its meaning and purpose in our lives.  It is a discussion and journey of seeking to understand all that the Holy Scripture has available to God’s people. Our church, like other churches spend Wednesday nights seeking, learning and exploring the rich treasure of the Bible.

This morning my heart is heavy, thinking about the men and women gathered for Bible Study at the Emanuel African-Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. On a Wednesday evening, they gathered for studying God’s Word and 9 people lost their lives to senseless violence; a Pastor and parishioners murdered by gun fire. My heart is heavy.  There will be no plausible explanation except that evil and hate is a pervasive sickness that continues to kill and destroy.  Even during this morning of mourning, I think of the families, friends of the victims and the whole congregation and the stinging grief that has come to their community. I also wonder about the power of love and how it can take even this tragedy and transform it into something for our good.  I am thankful that even in the midst of the unthinkable, we can turn our hearts and minds to God.  We can seek peace and understanding in prayer.  We can pray for each person impacted by this tragedy and that peace and love will surround this South Carolina community.  So we pray….

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

II Corinthians 1:3-5.



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