Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.
“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:21
On Sunday evening, what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred in Las Vegas. At this writing, the death toll has exceeded 50 and the number of those injured is past 400.
In the face of such senseless violence, the impulse of caring people is, sometimes, to feel powerless. We want to help, but we feel that the only thing we have to offer is prayer.
Yet, our prayers matter. They let us express compassion for those who suffer and keep us in solidarity with others of goodwill. They allow us to bring our own feelings of fear, helplessness and anger to the heart of God, where they find rest in our Creator’s unfathomable wisdom and goodness.
We must pray for victims. We must pray for those who help. And we must pray for healing for the darkness that infects the hearts of those who render such pain and suffering. We must pray.
Lord, once again we are confronted by darkness, and once again we are tempted to surrender hope. Lead us away from despair. Hold us in your gentle hands and strengthen us, that we may be agents of your light and healing in this hurting world.
We ask especially for healing and comfort for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families. May they know your love and ours in this moment of suffering. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.