My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.

I place my hope and faith in a God that loves us and grieves with us as we move through this world with new eyes and new understanding. I also place my hope in the knowledge that we are better and can do better for one another.

All are welcome to a service of lament, hope, and healing at 7:00 p.m. in the historic church. I look forward to praying through our struggles together.