I don’t usually comment here in my blog about current events. But I have decided to make an exception.
I had started my devotional reading last Thursday when my husband came into my writing room. He told me about the mass murder of nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nine people attended the Wednesday Night Bible Study at their church, greeted a visitor and proceeded with their Bible Study and prayers. An hour later, the visitor allegedly rose and opened fire on those in attendance.
This church happened to be an Afro-American church and the visitor was Caucasian. The police identify this as a hate crime.
The news of this horrific crime has affected people of faith all across our nation. Those who are seeking to run for president have made statements on the issue. President Obama gave a very moving statement.
My thoughts have been about those people who were killed. What were their plans for this weekend? Were they going to have a Father’s Day celebration? Did they have to go to the grocery to pick up some milk after they would have left church? Were any of them awaiting the birth of a grandchild, niece or nephew?
I am very sorry that this nice city and those who call it home have to go through this tragedy and its aftermath. I do know those nine people were ushered into God’s presence and welcomed by His opened arms.
Please, pray for the families, for that local church, and the AME church as a whole. Also, remember the first responders as they work through their emotions about what they endured as they did their jobs. Also pray for the city of Charleston.