To the Community of Faith at King’s Grant Baptist Church:
Tonight I join you in grieving the tragedy that unfolded in our city this afternoon. The shooting at the Municipal Center of Virginia Beach has gripped our hearts, and when now stand together to seek God’s presence, strength, comfort, and help in this significant time of need. (If this is the first you have heard of the event, please tune in to your local news or webcasts for updates.)
In the midst of crisis we can still trust God. From the Scriptures we read, “What time I am afraid I will trust in God” (Psalm 56:3). Psalm 71:5 proclaims, “For You are my hope, O Lord God, you are my trust from my youth.” In Deuteronomy 31:8 we are reminded, “the Lord goes before you and He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not fear and be not dismayed.”
Jesus said, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” And, we can be assured that God is “the Father of mercies and the the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).
Tonight, we join all who are affected by this event in trusting God and holding tight to His hands that hold us up at this time. Through the name of Jesus Christ, we are assured that God’s promises are true, and God has promised to be with us and walk with us, even in times of shock, grief, confusion, and fear.
Tonight, may we “love our city” as we pray. Join me tonight in remembering the victims, the victim’s families, our law enforcement and first responders, our city officials and employees, our physicians and medical staff, and our city as a whole.
God is with us. His strength, power, and love will be evident among us like never before. Throughout the weekend, we will continue to reach out through email about growing prayer needs and possible times of organized prayer.
Thank you in advance for your prayers for our city that we sincerely love.
Blessings tonight as we continue to walk in this time of grief, loss, trust, and hope as we love our city.