- April 6, 2014
- By Richard Ray, President of the Bivocational/Small Church Association
I write to you today with a heavy heart as I mourn for the soldiers killed and for those wounded during the tragic shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen. As a veteran of this great country, my prayers go out to the families of those affected by this tragic event.
As I watch the news and read the articles of what took place, I am compelled to say we must be there for the families of these fallen soldiers and for those affected by this tragedy. These soldiers demonstrate patriotism every day, whether it be in our great country or across the world, defending our freedom, protecting those who cannot protect themselves and providing assistance to the mistreated.
Serving in the military requires faith—faith in one another, faith in your country, faith in yourself, and faith in God. Having faith means you know it will happen. Faith does not believe that God can; it knows God will. I know God will provide comfort to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, and I know God will provide healing to the wounded.
My faith tells me my God will supply all their needs during this tragic time and he will demonstrate his love for them through his children.
I call upon each of you to pray for our fallen heroes and for those who serve and defend our country every day. Pray on bended knees for God to demonstrate his love to these men and women through the local churches and ministries in the Killeen area.
Pray for those ministers and counselors as they reach out to bring comfort and peace during this tragic time. Pray in faith, knowing God will hear our prayers and answer them much as he did for the Roman centurion when he called on Jesus to heal his servant in Luke chapter 7.
This Roman soldier called upon Jesus to heal his servant who was sick and ready to die. Jesus described this soldier’s faith as “great faith” and because of this one soldier’s “great faith” in Jesus, Jesus healed his servant. A person who signs up to serve our country in the Army will say an oath of enlistment, and in this oath a soldier will say these words, “that I will bear true faith and allegiance … so help me God” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960).
Let us also bear true faith and allegiance to these men and women and their families who serve the people of the United States of America. Let us call upon the Lord with “great faith,” asking for healing, comfort and peace to be given to those who have lost loved ones and for those who are wounded. Let us pray, “So help us God.”