I know you’ve heard people say sorry to you so much that it can last you the rest of your life. And I guess I’m one of them too. But I am also writing as a sister in Christ. And as a sister in Christ, I mourn with you.
It hurts to know that my brothers and sisters have been blatantly discriminated and that this discrimination has led to serious injury and even death. I will never be able to completely grasp the feelings of anger, sadness, confusion, and longing you are feeling at this moment. However, if it is anything that I want to leave you with, it is a proclamation of how each of your sons, daughters, boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, and friends are my biggest role models.
I do not say this lightly at all because what your sons and daughters have done is beyond anything any of us will ever accomplish.
We’ve always been asked the question of what we would do if someone threatened to take our life away because of our faith in God. In Sunday school, it’s usually obvious to say that you would rather die than forsake God. But in reality, it’s a much different answer.
As much as you are hurting from the tragedy that has happened, I want to remind you about just how brave your sons, daughters, friends, and family are. When death stared them in the face, they continued to cling to the truth of God. They believed so strongly in the Lord and His truth that they were willing to die for Him. Such faith is almost unheard of in this world, but their actions during the last moments of their lives remind us of how God’s goodness, love, and grace is all-consuming and life-changing.
Their selfless acts will continue as a legacy and a light in this dark and cold world that is slowly turning its face away from God. Our world is falling farther and farther from its Creator, but every once in a while an individual such as your son, daughter, or friend comes into the picture and picks us back up. They remind us that there are still courageous, strong, and God-fearing men and women. They remind us that there is a higher purpose in life and that God is that higher purpose. They remind us that dying to self is the only way to find ourselves in Christ. They remind us that the greatest treasure in life is to know God and be with Him.
Yes, it hurts to know that they are no longer here. Believe me, I am crying and hurting so much for each and every one of you and my heart goes out to each of you. I am broken and defeated by this hostile act of hate. I am crippled and empty because my brothers and sisters in Christ have been killed because of their love for Christ. If I could I would offer all of you an embrace right now. I extend my love, prayers, care, and condolences to all of you.
Words may not seem to be much at this time, but truth does. The truth is that Christ is coming, friends. And when that day comes, pain, suffering, hurt, and sadness will be wiped away. The Lord looks down on all of us in love and His heart aches for all of us. Brothers and sisters, turn to the Lord in this time of trial and intense tribulation. Seek His love and seek His comfort. Find joy, peace, and hope again in the One who knows all the feelings of pain and hurt all too well. Soon enough, we will be joining our friends and family in the house of the Lord. How glorious of a day that will be. I am praying for you relentlessly, and I love every single one of you.
Love in Christ,
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me, will find it.” Matthew 16:25
“Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to know, it is well, it is well with my soul.”