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Emerald’s Gem Box: Pray for the victims and pray for our nation and world

Monday morning, we all woke up to hear the horrific news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Our hearts ache for the victims, and their families, during this strenuous and troublesome time in their lives.

Listening to the stories of survivors telling of the loss of their loved ones is heart-breaking; one man held his wife of 32 years in his arms as she died; one young woman was being shielded by her husband and could feel when he was shot in the back.

While we grieve for those who were killed or injured and pray for their families, we must all also recognize and pay tribute to all the heroes and guardian angels that emerged and helped save hundreds of lives.

Law enforcement, first responders, fire fighters, and good Samaritans bravely and selflessly rushed to help complete strangers.  With no questions asked and with no hesitation, hundreds of brave men and women helped saved hundreds more of their fellow concert-goers. There are countless stories of men helping the ladies over fences and of men running back and forth to carry the wounded to safety.

Although we are thousands of miles away from what has become the worst mass shooting in US history, it touches us all.  It touches us deep in our hearts and the heart-ache for others is still so real.

President Trump said it best, I believe, when he said, “It was an act of pure evil … Scripture teaches us, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve.”

Pray. Pray for the victims and their families; pray for physical healing and for emotional healing.

And pray for our nation and world.  For there truly is pure evil in this world, and we are all a victim to it, in one way or another.

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