As Church United, we grieve the horrific and unspeakable acts of violence that occurred in Parkland today. We are heartbroken, in shock, and mourn with those who are mourning. We cry out with the prophets of old and the voices of today: “How long, 0 Lord, how long?” We often find it hard to know exactly how to respond as people of faith to tragedies like this. Words seem to fall short of describing the pain we feel for our community this evening.
Broward County is our home. Not only do we worship here, but we live here, work here, and send our children to school here. Its pain is our pain.
We stand united as a faith community with our first responders, teachers, city leaders, and fellow residents affected by this tragedy. We are praying for you. We love you, and we are here to serve you. To our Broward County Mayor, School Board members, superintendent of schools, and fellow city officials, we commend you for your leadership. To our first responders, we are thankful for your bravery. To our teachers, thank you for your selflessness and sacrifice. Please know that we are here for you. We pledge to work shoulder-to-shoulder with you to ensure that love is greater than evil and that peace in the midst of violence is found.
As we grieve, may we also remember that our hope lies in the Prince of Peace. As we pray, let us ask the God of all com fort to gently remind us all that He is near, that He is present, and that His love is greater.
If there is anything more we can do to be of immediate help, please let us know. On behalf of Church United and with our deepest sympathies, we stand with you.
A victims assistance fund has been set up through the National Christian Foundation for those who would to help at the following link: Church United Mercy Fund
Yours in Christ,
Church United South Florida