Dear Lakeside Family,
Words fail me.
As many of us returned home on Wednesday afternoon we were greeted with the horrible news of yet another shooting – this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. As of this morning seventeen young people and teachers have been murdered, fourteen others injured.
Our hearts and prayers reach out to those families who must now carry the heavy burden of loss and grief. It is ours to imagine their enormous anguish.
As we watch the news reports our hearts break for those left to journey on.
Please be in prayer for all of those who are ministering to those survivors – the children, the loved ones who are now facing the complete re-shaping of their sense of reality.
I want to share a prayer of confession in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Your friend and Pastor
O God, who hears the cries of your children, on this Ash Wednesday we
remember we are dust, and unto dust we shall return.
But not this way, Holy One, not now.