Americans were shaken by the deadly mass shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, but pastors are encouraging them to hold on to their faith, cry out to God, and remember that the Lord loves them.
On Oct. 3, Macedonia Baptist Church pastor Eddie Smith Sr. highlighted prayer as a powerful tool that people could use anywhere in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy. Other pastors in the Macon area have also been trying their best to remind people that God loves them even though they cannot understand the things happening around them, WMAZ detailed.
"How do you understand it, or try to understand it? And from a faith perspective, that's challenging sometimes, because you wonder why these things continue to happen," said Mulberry Street United Methodist Church head pastor Jimmy Towson. He later on added: "Scripture talks about how Jesus wept and I think that maybe God is weeping a bit with us now."
Jeff Cook, an associate pastor who works with Towson, added that Christians ought to pray with and counsel the people affected by the Las Vegas incident "through the lens of faith." He reminded them that God can handle every emotion coming from man and urged them to keep their faith and know that the Lord loves them.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, churches have started working together to spread hope and to minister to the people suffering because of the mass shooting, which left 58 dead and more than 500 hurt. International Church of Las Vegas senior pastor Paul Marc Goulet told the Christian Broadcasting Network how people of faith brought in food, visited the injured and worked in unity regardless of their denomination.
Aside from that, churches also encouraged their members to donate blood to victims who need it. Many have also opened their doors as prayer sanctuaries, and some have launched prayer and counseling hotlines for people affected by what has been deemed as the deadliest mass shooting incident in modern U.S. history.