Monday, March 9, 2009

A Tragedy

Many of you may have heard about the church shooting that happened yesterday morning. Pastor Fred Winters was shot and killed while preaching the gospel yesterday morning. 

This is tragic.

It's also less than a mile from my home. 

My good friend knew the pastor. 

My other good friend is a teacher at the Christian school there. One of her third graders fathers was stabbed. She is devastated. 

My heart is breaking for everyone involved. For the family of Pastor Winters (he had two girls), for the little kid in my friend's class who's daddy was stabbed, for the congregation, for those who will live in fear after witnessing this, even for the gunman and his family. My heart is breaking for them. I can't get them out of my mind. 

Times like this, its hard to understand where God is or how he will be glorified in such a horrific circumstance. This is simply a reminder that our world is broken and each of us need the gospel. Fred Winters died forgiven, preaching truth. A truth that each of us need. 

Please join me today in praying for this family, congregation and community. 



Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

How awful! I'm sure it is scary having that happen so close to home.

Megan said...

Wow..definitely praying for all involved.

Leigh of said...

I will certainly (and am/have/will) lift this community in prayer. Terrible.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I saw this on the news. I didn't know you were in Illinois also. I'm up near Chicago. This is a horrible tragedy and many prayers are being lifted.

Katy said...

That is terrible. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll keep them in my prayers.

(I came to you via Mabel's House)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Oh Kara, I did not hear about this awful event. We will be praying for all involved.

Abby said...

That is absoulutely awful. I will pray for the pastor's family, and just the whole congretation. I can't imagine how scary that would be...

Trina said...

I had not heard about this, how AWFUL! I can't even imagine this actually happening, this breaks my heart! I will pray for them, thanks for letting us know about this.

There was a shooting here in South Alabama where the gunman shot 9 people, killed himself and his mom was found in her house that he had set on fire. Not to mention the shootings in Germany. What is going on!!!!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Kara....I am so sorry to hear that this was so close to you. I am from Illinois (Central) and we pass through here so often on our way to Southern Illnois to visit family.....It is so sad when people are so lost that actions such as this are their is truely sad. This community is in my thoughts too.