Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School

While we slept on Sunday night, Las Vegas became the site of the largest mass shooting in America’s history. We remember all too well the Pulse tragedy that rocked our community and the painful recovery that followed. Today we pray for the Las Vegas victims and their families. We thank God for the first responders who demonstrated selfless commitment and for the medical professionals who continue to care for the injured.

Our hearts are heavy as we talk with our children about the dangerous world in which we live and the forces that appear hell-bent on destroying all we hold dear. The only hope for the hate seen in Charlottesville, the evil witnessed in Orlando, and the unspeakable horror in Las Vegas is the Gospel. Our world needs to be reminded that Jesus is the answer to our sin and our suffering.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest . . . I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that whosoever believes in Him might have eternal life.”

Ps. 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Tricia and I join you in praying that God’s grace and peace will comfort our fellow Americans in the days ahead. For more information on discussing the topic of sin, suffering, and the Gospel click HERE for a recently published blog post on a related topic.