The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18 NKJV)
Heavenly Father, once again, we read news headlines that leave us wondering — how could this happen? We don’t understand and our hearts break as we see so many in pain because one person acted senselessly and selfishly. While many point fingers of blame, the problem boils down to this: we live in a sinful world and the farther we get from You, the worse it gets. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:1-5 reminds us that these days will be increasingly difficult. While we can’t wrap our heads around this — we ask You to give comfort to the families who are grieving children and loved ones. You have promised to give comfort to those who turn to You and seek Your strength. Cover them in Your mercy and compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.