Pray for Hurting Communities in California
Many Californians are grieving right now.
Last Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California, killing 12 people. Several people present during the shooting were also survivors of last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Some who survived the Las Vegas shooting didn’t come home alive from Borderline. Those who did come home are reeling from the reality of surviving two mass shootings, wondering how they’ll ever manage to feel safe again.
Californians are also suffering from ongoing wildfires, which have already claimed at least 42 lives. Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for. The fires rage on, obliterating entire communities in its wake. Survivors—many of them without a home to return to—struggle to make sense of their new reality.
Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we were able to send words of hope to wildfire survivors through a Bible resource called God is Our Shelter and Strength.
But we still need your prayers.
As we remember all our brothers and sisters in California who are hurting, join us in praying they will be filled with God’s peace and strength. Take some time right now to read Psalm 142 and pray that God will bring hope to those in mourning.
I call to the Lord for help;
I plead with him. I bring him all my complaints;
I tell him all my troubles.
When I am ready to give up,
he knows what I should do.
In the path where I walk,
my enemies have hidden a trap for me.
When I look beside me,
I see that there is no one to help me,
no one to protect me.
No one cares for me.
Lord, I cry to you for help;
you, Lord, are my protector;
you are all I want in this life.
Listen to my cry for help,
for I am sunk in despair.
Save me from my enemies;
they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my distress;
then in the assembly of your people I will praise you
because of your goodness to me.
Psalm 142, GNTD
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