Days after the senseless killing of 12 innocents at the hands of 24-year-old, James E. Homes, clergy from around the country used last Sunday to bring messages of hope and healing to congregations across the country.
Pastor Corey Brooks, the pastor from Chicago, Il. who is walking across the country to raise awareness about gun-violence paused from his trek to write a moving blog entry, “Dark Knights will not Prevail.”Â
“Like no other day, since camping out on the roof and walking across America, my heart is so heavy. Â I am grieving like no other time before….
“Although I am grieved, I have made a conscientious decision to continue the struggle of helping all of America to see the plight that most inner city communities face on a consistent basis. I have no doubt that when America understands the magnitude of the trauma, they will rise to the occasion just as they have in Aurora, CO. and begin to make a difference in the lives of many without hope.Â Let us continue to pray for everyone everywhere who have to face the hideous and horrendous effects of gun violence.”
Pastor Chris Hill of The Potter’s House of Denver led aÂ candle-lightingÂ ceremony declaring in which he lit one candle for each of the 12 slain victims, “We light a candle to remember the lives blown out … by this senseless violence. The Potter’s House of Denver is only about 5 miles from the movie theater where 58 were injured during the premeditated killing. “In Jesus’ name, we light a candle and curse the darkness,” proclaimed Pastor Hill.
Some clergy addressed the tragedy of six-year old, Veronica Moser,Â being brought to a midnight showing of a PG-13 movie with graphic images where she was tragically killed. Others took the opportunity to address the question, “Why does God allow things like this to happen?”
President Barack Obama visited the families of those who lost loved ones and made public remarks including:
“The federal government stands ready to do everything necessary to bring whoever’s responsible for this heinous crime to justice.Â I’m sure many of you who are parents had the same reaction as I did when you first heard this news: ‘What if it had been my daughters at the theatre?Â Michelle and I will be fortunate to hug our children a little tighter this weekend, as I’m sure you will do with your children.”
The Gospel Today family joins our prayers with those from around the country for the families affected by this tragedy and for our nation.