Last night, protesters were holding a march in downtown Dallas, the city where our ministry is based, in response to two shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota that involved police officers. While the protest was peaceful, one or more snipers shot 12 police officers and 2 civilians. Five of those officers lost their lives.

Today, our city and our nation grieve over these events of the last 3 days and our prayers go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of the victims.

We are truly thankful that while we grieve and comfort others, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We know that even at times where it seems that our society is unraveling, God is still on His throne and His kingdom, His purposes, and His agenda not only continue, but will ultimately prevail.

Because of that, as His servants, we should not shrink back in fear, but continue to “seek first His kingdom” and offer ourselves to Him to reach, love, and serve others. And, on a day like today, bring comfort and hope in Jesus Christ to our city, our nation, and our world.

Let us stand with the apostle Paul, who declared in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”