In the Aftermath – Sermon Follow-Up
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night.”
-Psalm 91: 1-5
Sunday morning was filled with the terror of the night. As I left home for early service yesterday I heard on the news that 20 people were dead in the shooting in Orlando. We prayed for the families and all of those involved in this tragedy at the 9:15 service. Leaving church someone told me the death toll was now up to 50. At the 10:45 service this event became part of the sermon. For the second time this week we had to deal with profound sadness and shock. This time we had to ask, how can someone be motivated to do such an evil thing?
Earlier this year the church book club read the book Searching for Allah and Finding Jesus. Discussing that book I thought of doing some sermons on this issue then, but ended up not doing it. I think we will delve into this topic starting this week and the next few weeks in our sermons and in these blogs. As Christians centered in the grace of the Cross we rest in the shadow of God Almighty. We have that security and promise no mater what is happening in the world.