It is with great remorse that Community Renewal Society offers its prayers and thoughts for the victims, families, and friends who are suffering the great tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. In the wake of similar tragedies in Orlando, San Bernardino, Charleston, and Newton, no community in our nation should have the burden of bearing “another mass shooting.” We condemn and abhor this act of violence.
We pray for intercession: for those law enforcement officers who undertake the investigation, for the medical providers and first responders who have worked countless hours tending to the lives of the wounded, and for those faith communities in the Las Vegas area who must directly engage the travesty at hand.
We also pray for a “holy discontent” to arise in the hearts of our communities, both in Nevada and locally in Illinois. We cannot ignore the fact that gun violence is the third leading cause of death in our country with over 33,500 individuals killed annually. Last year more than 4,300 were victims of firearms in Illinois alone, and 720 died. Many were children.
Esteemed writer and theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel stated,
“morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”
Faith compels us not only to pray and speak against societal ills but to move us to change those circumstances which cause such egregious statistics to arise.
You can participate in that change by directing your state reps to support Gun Dealer Licensing Act, supporting common sense drug laws, or joining over 100 other organizations across Illinois focusing on #OurOneJob: putting a stop to gun violence.
#PrayforVegas is not only a call for support, but also a call for change. Let us continue to put feet to our prayers and our faith into action!