When the two young reporters in Virginia left home very early Wednesday morning for their jobs as reporters, they had no idea that they would never return to their homes again. They had no idea that August 26, 2015 would be the last day of their employment as journalists at the TV station. They had no idea that they would never again see and hug their parents, their special loved ones, relatives, coworkers, and their friends.
Their loved ones never will see their smiling faces again. They will never receive their texts and their calls. They will never sit around the table again during the holidays or sit in the backyard for a family cookout. Their voices have been silenced by bullets of a deranged, evil man whom people say was a disgruntled, former coworker. These young people have left this world abruptly, and they did not have a chance to say goodbye to anyone.
This is appalling! This is heart-wrenching! This never should have happened!
Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to their parents and loved ones in a very big way today, tomorrow, and for many years. No, we cannot say that we know how they feel if we have never experienced the loss of a child. We cannot tell them not to worry because everything will be alright. We cannot even assure them that time is a healer.
All that we can do is pray. We must pray. We must pray fervently that the Lord will shower them with grace upon grace upon grace to ease their pain and encourage their hearts, in ways that only He can. Pray that the Lord will saturate them with His comforting mercies and with the peace that passes all human understanding. Pray that they will feel the Presence of the Lord and welcome His peace.
At this same juncture, once again we are lifting up to the Lord in prayer, all the heart-broken and grief-stricken parents and loved ones who have been separated from their loved ones by the hands of a ruthless murderer in various locations in the United States. Our prayers are for all of them. We pray that the Lord will heal their broken hearts and strengthen them.
Most of all, we pray that the Holy Spirit will open their hearts to receive Christ as their Savior, Lord, and Prince of Peace, if they have not met Him personally yet. We pray that the Lord will hear and answer our marathon of prayers for the unsaved millennials across this nation and around the globe.
O Lord, save many millennials and their families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers today, even as we pray. In Jesus Name. Amen.
“Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13)