I am at a loss for words of what to say over the most recent episodes of gun violence. Yet, I think to write about any other topic would be totally unacceptable. I have to admit, I searched some of my pastoral websites for a line of thought to give me a direction to follow for my article. I entered the phrase “gun violence” at Churchleaders.com and was reminded of the many incidents of mass shootings that have taken place in our country just in recent years. I skimmed through some of those articles and to be honest it seemed like the pastors were like me, challenged to even know what to say. There was one article that did give me some food for thought which I will pass along to you. One pastor simply encouraged people to grieve, feel the pain and fear, and admit to ourselves the sense that the spiritual darkness seems to be dominating our culture. Grieve by allowing the questions about why God allows these nightmares to happen in our country. Maybe right now it is more important to feel the magnitude of the moment; than to have something to say. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:26, that even when we do not know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes and prays for us. I do believe a part of grieving is watching for how to move forward after we lose a love one or experience some great loss. As we grieve, we can also be watching for how God will move and work in this situation to defeat evil. A part of the scripture that I will be using this Sunday from the gospel of Luke says, “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.” Luke 12:35-36. Perhaps the moment of decisive and unified hearts to do something to change the tide of violence is getting closer. As we grieve, Christians need to be watching for how we can play a role to make sure actions and answers reflect the light of God to end the darkness of violence.