Praying for Pittsburgh and the Jewish Community

Blog Post 10-29-18

I am deeply saddened from the news over the weekend in which 11 worshipers from a Pittsburgh synagogue were murdered during their weekly Sabbath worship service.

There can be no allowance for such hatred and evil in our world. Eternal justice will be rightly found in the hands of God, but we are not left helpless or without solutions that we have control over. Sadly, events such as these only turns up the heat on a boiling pot that is simmering underneath our society, to which I am greatly concerned over.

However, before the political rhetoric grows to a deafening noise, it is appropriate (and I suggest necessary) to sit in silence, prayer, sorrow, and lament. Before we lift our heads, open our mouths, or type another word on social media, let us first turn to the Lord who sees, knows, forgives, and heals. Our hearts must first be surrendered to Him so that we may learn again to love as He loves.

My tears flow endlessly;
  they will not stop
until the Lord looks down
  from heaven and sees.
But I called on your name, Lord,
  from deep within the pit.
You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading!
  Hear my cry for help!”
Yes, you came when I called;
  you told me, “Do not fear.”
(Lamentations 3:49-50, 55-57)

By the Cross and for the Kingdom,
Pastor Matt