My heart goes out to the victims and family members of the Orlando shootings over the weekend. I can’t fathom someone having so much hatred in their heart to commit the murder of so many innocent people. The 49 people that were killed along with Christina Grimmie were more than just a number. They were someone’s child, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, and best friend. The families and friends they have left behind now have to live every day in pain and sorrow, knowing that there was nothing that they could have done to intervene.
When things like this happen, people often blame God. How could an all-powerful and loving God allow something so bad to happen? God gave man free will. We have the ability to be good and the ability to be evil. The night club shooter committed an evil act on his own free will. God did not cause this to happen.
I pray for the souls of those lost in these tragedies, and for the healing and comfort of the family, friends, and communities the victims have left behind. May God’s tender mercy and loving arms comfort all that have been affected by loss. I pray that, despite the horrible act that was committed against them, that the families are able to forgive just as Christ commanded that we forgive our enemies.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.