Guest Post by DJ del Rosario
As many of you have heard, there was another school shooting yesterday. This one happened at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a school all too close to where I serve as a pastor. Details are slowly being released as the events continue to unfold.
If you are like me, you respond to acts that terrify like this in one of two ways. One, you try to avoid all news as much as possible. You might do this because one more story of children shooting one another might just finally break the hope you cling on to in order to make it through the day. Or two, you are stuck, fixated on all the possible news feeds. You may find yourself obsessed with trying to understand what happened, and why it happened.
In this day and age of social media, the new norm is to comprehend, grieve and process traumatic events through the multiple lenses of those around us (physically and digitally). When things like this shooting occur, so close to home and in places that we want to believe are safe, everything can be thrown into doubt. You may find yourself doubting this very moment, but I encourage you to not push your doubts, your struggles, and your fears aside.
Faith is not the absence of doubt, and doubting doesn’t lessen who God is and what grace can do in our lives.
I’m willing to bet the house that God can handle all of our doubts, all our struggles, and even moments like this when we might be angry. The Holy One extends far beyond the profession of any denomination or ideology. Instead, we worship a God who is far more engaged with us in practical ways than in theoretical ones.
Our faith is based on the hope that God is bringing about a new kingdom here on earth.
That’s the prayer I would ask you to join in today. Let us pray for a new kingdom that only God can bring. Let us pray with fervency that the lonely, the lost, and the disenfranchised have a place in God’s kingdom. Let us pray for those people sitting anxiously in their homes who believe the lie that violence is the only choice they have left.
But most of all, today let us pray for the everyone affected by what happened at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and for victims of violence all around the world.
May God’s kingdom come, sooner rather than later.
May God’s will be done, both in my life and the lives of those around us.
May our daily bread be what we hunger for.
May God’s peace be more than academic but a way of life we strive for.
May it begin in me, may it begin in us.