America and much of the world reacted in horror as they they heard the news of a mass shooting occurring in the small town of Sutherland Springs, TX on Sunday, November 5. Amidst the pain, shock and anxiety, many people were searching for answers as to why this would happen. World leaders, especially religious leaders, like Dr. KP Yohannan of Gospel for Asia and Franklin Graham of Samaritans Purse, took time to respond and reflect.
In fact, many faith leaders responded with prayers, compassion and encouragement for those impacted by the shooting.
Here are a few of the tweets shared shortly after the shooting:
“Let Us Pray for Everyone Suffering in Sutherland Springs Texas” Read more: https://t.co/NFw77UKIAy
— KP Yohannan (@kpyohannan) November 8, 2017
We pray those in Sutherland Springs will know the promise of Ps 34:18: ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.’ https://t.co/AplL6Oljvr
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) November 5, 2017
Pray for the families of those killed and for the people wounded in the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, today.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) November 5, 2017
Our hearts are saddened at the news of the shootings in Sutherland Springs….Our first response is prayer.
— Max Lucado (@MaxLucado) November 5, 2017
Our hearts and prayers break for those in #SutherlandSprings May God give a peace beyond understanding to all affected.
— Tony Evans (@drtonyevans) November 5, 2017
Dr. KP Yohannan shared more:
I am overseas right now so it was early Monday morning when I opened my phone and saw that 26 were feared dead in a shooting in a small Texas country church. It is such devastating news. It shocked me to no end—the killing of so many precious people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I just went numb. All I could do was kneel down and pray for the victims and their families.
Let us all keep praying for these precious people who are suffering in Sutherland Springs.
It is in times like this that we are reminded that our life here on earth is so very, very short. How do we know if we are going to be alive tomorrow? Each day we must seek to live our lives in the light of eternity and be Christ-like in all that we do and say. We need to keep praying and do all we can to help the needy and suffering.
“This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they love,” Trump said from Tokyo, where he is traveling on a trip through Asia.