Editor’s Note: The following is a statement by Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance regarding the heinous shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and others on January 8, 2011. Please also read the most recent article by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, on the topic of evil.
As the events of Saturday’s shooting in Arizona continue to become clearer, my heart is grieved for the victims and their families. We pray for Rep. Giffords’ full recovery. My heart is heavy, too, for our nation as it endures another senseless tragedy. From the first moment of that horrible event, I asked the members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) to do what we’ve been called to do from our founding: to go to God in prayer (see below). We cannot comprehend how someone can commit such evil acts as to gun down innocent people in cold blood, particularly when a child is among the victims. But, we can turn to a God who does understand. He conquered evil like this by sending a Savior whose coming in human flesh – whose incarnation – we celebrated only two weeks ago at Christmas. He has the answers we seek; His love surpasses the mystery, the shock of evil and so we put our trust in Him.
Join me as we continue to pray that our nation will return to the Lord and trust in Him. I think of the verse that is so often quoted, but which we do well to remember and not to ignore because it is so well-known. It’s a call to God’s own people to turn away from our own wickedness, to pray and to seek His face. His promise is that He will hear us, will forgive us and He will even go so far as to heal our land. Our land needs His healing balm now; please join me in humble, repentant prayer before Him.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:14)
Editor’s Note: The following is a statement by Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance, made via e-mail to our friends on Saturday, January 8, 2011 in response to the tragic shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and others.
By now you’ve likely heard that Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) was shot while holding a constituent event in Tucson. While it was originally reported that Rep. Giffords died in the attack, it is now being reported that she is alive but in critical condition. Eleven other people were also shot by the gunman.
Please join us in praying for Rep. Giffords, her family, and her staff, as well as for the other victims and their families. While we may respectfully disagree with Rep. Giffords on certain policies, she is a fellow American. Our Lord is no respecter of persons, and prayer should always transcend politics.
Our hearts go out to all involved.