Prayers for the Greater Cleveland Area…

My heart is heavy for the people of the Greater Cleveland Area today.  My dear friend Katie Wetherbee penned a poignant response to the tragedy that took place this morning (you can read it here).

I am at a loss for words.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today, and in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.  Lord bring them comfort, healing, and understanding.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of high school students over the years about bullying.  We would guide approximately 100 students at a time through an intense day of sharing, and getting to know and understand one another.  One truth always presented itself – hurt people, hurt people.  It’s a painful cycle that we have the power to stop.

So in addition to our prayers – let’s all commit to being better friends, and neighbors.

Let’s seek understanding.

Let’s be respectful of one another (even if we disagree about things that are dear to us).

And let’s model well for our children what it looks like to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Let’s speak up for the outcast, extend kindness at every opportunity, and always think of others before we speak or act.

And hug your family a bit tighter tonight.  Life is precious.

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