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As a mommy, I sat watching the news yesterday in complete shock. This is the world I have to raise my babies in. This world with terrorism and shootings. As I heard and read on social media, the words “Massacre in Orlando”, I almost had a hard time grasping it all. I watched news anchors standing on streets I drive by weekly, and I saw them interview the Mayor and Chief of Police to my city.
It hit me in waves. Tears would stream down my face as I watched, listened, and read about this terrorist attack. I couldn’t believe that I was watching Orlando. The city on my postage. The place where my baby girl was born. I wasn’t watching a city overseas, or a city across the country. I was watching my city.
I tried to pray all day. But all I could get out was Jesus. In a time like this, where do you start?
I woke up in a panic yesterday morning, texting friends who live close by. Everyone was ok and accounted for, but 49 families, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters, won’t have the same relief I had. I held my tiny babe more, hugged her tighter, told her I loved her every time she looked at me. Because some mama’s won’t be able to do that to their babies anymore.
This isn’t a time to argue about views on gun control, or homosexuality. This is a time to come together as Americans, and mourn the senseless loss of these peoples lives.
Would you pray with me this morning?
God, I’m pretty much at a loss for words. I’m shocked, confused, angry, sad, and begging for your Spirit to take over this beautiful city. Jesus we need you right now. We need you to give us strength and peace. We pray for your Spirit to surround us, to surround these families who have lost loved ones, and those who are waiting by the hospitals. Be in those OR rooms, use Your hands to heal these people. Jesus we beg you to give us the words to say to our neighbors and friends. I pray you would equip us as mothers, during these beyond difficult times to teach our babies, to first go to You. And then to love on people harder than they ever have before. We’re shaken up right now, but in You we have strength. I thank You for the brave first responders who saved lives Sunday night.
In Jesus name, we will be stronger.