I have listened and hurt just like you have now for hours and days of the horrible things that took place at Virginia Tech! So many dead, killed in a senseless outrage. The thoughts that come to my mind are not to place blame or make political hay but to consider what we could have done as a church to make a difference. The Word of God says in Psalms 142:4 “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” As I think of this horrible tragedy I think of the fact that not only the shooter but maybe even some of the victims were in desperate need of someone to show them that they cared. To hear the story of the shooter is to hear of a troubled young man that had no one to care it seems. As a church we must decide that we are here to make a difference. Who do you know at school or at work or in the neighborhood that has no one to care for them and especially for their soul. We must do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others. It is Jesus Christ and only Jesus Christ that can truly make a difference. We fail so often because those who most need us scare us. We are afraid to speak to them but they are in need. I challenge you to continue praying for all the families involved at Virginia Tech but I also challenge you to begin looking all around you now for that needy person. Let’s tell them of Jesus. Let’s make a difference in their lives. If it weren’t for the grace of God this wicked occurrence could have included us. None of us are beyond what the shooter did except for the work of God in our lives. I challenge you to take seriously the work that God has called us to do. Who will you invite this Sunday to be with us in church! Who will you share the gospel with today? Let’s make a difference today where we live!
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