So here we are again, grieving for those whose lives have been forever altered by the senseless violence perpetrated by a sick and sinful individual. Too often, we offer thoughts and prayers because it just seems like the right thing to do rather than because our hearts genuinely mirror the brokenness felt by our heavenly Father. Let’s not forget that the Lord to whom we pray is grieving just as strongly as those who were harmed by the shooting, and a quick prayer devoid of any real intent or purpose is likely to ring as hollow to him as it would to those mourning in Highland Park today.
Two people are dead, and another is wounded after a gunman opened fire at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Vestavia Hills Thursday night. Police apprehended the “lone suspect” after the shooting, according to Vestavia Hills police Captain Shane Ware.