By KEVIN WESTCOTT
After my first speaking engagement at a new church in Chenango County I was offered the position of Pastor. After some deep prayer seeking the will of the Lord, I felt a peace about it and approached my Presbyters at Abundant Life Christian Center. They’ve given me the go ahead, so after over 23 years of active ministry I have a pulpit to stand in, inside a building, filled with a loving family in Christ. We call it Community Fellowship, and we meet at 9AM every Sunday in the Lincklean Town Hall. It’s the heart of a rural hamlet in the middle of a fertile valley booming with agriculture. Stop in for a visit. God’s Word is as rich as the soil around us.
When I got home late Sunday night I saw the news about the horrible mass shooting in Law Vegas. As I listened to the news on my way home from a church meeting this afternoon I sensed the heart of God in the matter, which moved me to tears. What a heavy thing to bear in the wake of such an awesome racing weekend.
When something heavy passes through any matter it leaves a wake. In the water, the wake rises casting waves toward the shore. In the atmosphere the air is disrupted and swirls into a vortex pulling things into it.
In the wake of the horrific tragedy we’ve experienced in Las Vegas, I can only imagine the effects this has on those immediately affected. 59 lives ended, 527 wounded, while thousands thankfully escaped and millions more grieve over this event.
No person deserves such a depraved disruption of life. No person should have to fear that another would conceive and enact such things against them.
In response, as believers we must pray. Pray that those mourning the loss of family and loved ones find peace in the presence of the Holy Spirit, comfort in His Word, and His compassion in the love surrounding them by all who reach out to them.
Pray for those wounded, that by the stripes Jesus Christ bore in His own flesh, they will be healed. Pray He will bind up their wounds, keep them at rest in Him as they recover, and keep them free from infection and air borne disease.
Pray for the mourning, the injured, and those who escaped physical injury, that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding would rule in their hearts and minds. Pray that they receive freedom from fear and confidence in God’s providence, Who kept them alive to discover His purposes and plans for their lives.
Pray for the first responders, and every medical professional treating these people, presently and in the days to come, for strength, compassion, and joy in the face of such atrocities. Pray that their demeanor will stir the hearts of those they treat to fight to recover fully, forgive, and seek the face of God for divine guidance as they recover.
Pray for the Lord to lead the hearts and minds of the Law Enforcement as they investigate, that He would remove the veil masking such depravity and teach us how to prevent events like this in the future.
Above all, pray that His love becomes infectious on epidemic levels throughout the United States of America until His glory fills our land. Pray that His love flows outwardly from deep within the heart of every believer in the spirit of unity and reconciliation, to which we were all called, toward every person we meet.
We can no longer spectate. We must each take our position on the field and run the enemies off of our soil, be it man or demon.
Only God’s love has the power to enact and enable such a tenacious faith that would change the face of our nation.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
I John 4:7-11 NKJV”
That big word, propitiation, simply means complete and total appeasement of wrath. Jesus taught that His love fulfills the Law of God, which in turn means love in its purest and most sincere form is blameless before God. He then gave us a new commandment, to love the LORD our God with all our spirit, soul, and strength (body), and to love our fellow mankind as we love ourselves. It’s too simple to be misunderstood, yet most don’t understand the power and force of God’s love. That’s why I believe God’s love is the answer to the birth pangs the world is seeing before His imminent return.
We look forward to seeing you all over central New York for Super Dirt Week. I’ll kick off the festivities at Utica Rome on Tuesday, with abbreviated columns through the week. Ed Harkin and I will be dividing up the responsibilities between facilities so one or both of us will have you covered in prayer. If you need anything let us know at our Facebook page at Finish Line Chaplain, or email me at email@example.com. Of course, you can always flag is down aa we stroll by too. Let’s havw an amazing week,,but let’s not forget to tops a lifeline of love to those drowning in the wake of the world’s weight.