Brenda Louis, a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who was assigned to monitor a hospital floor after the tragic February 14th school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, is an example to all those who consider themselves to be faithful Christians.
After receiving a text message from her sister encouraging her to do so, Ms. Louis took it upon herself to pray for and with the victims of this tragedy. Once she received permission from his parents, she laid her hand upon Kyle Laman and had a conversation with God.
She told ABC News, “I just took a risk, and I asked the mom and the dad is it okay if I pray for Kyle and they were very ecstatic they were happy.”
“I just believe prayer is very powerful,” Ms. Louis said.
If we really believe this, we will be willing to take the risk necessary to offer our prayers for those we come into contact with every day. We need men and women that will intercede for those who are suffering and provide a hope in God for those who are hopeless.
We shouldn’t wait for times of tragedy to be risk-takers. Let’s commit to being proactive, praying for the eyes to see those hearts among us that need healing, and asking the Holy Spirit for the courage to step out in prayer for our neighbors.
Who can you pray with today?
“Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead.
Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.” – Written by the Association of the Miraculous Medal
“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Assuring all those affected by this devastating attack of his spiritual closeness, he prays that Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead and healing and consolation to the wounded and those who grieve. With the hope that such senseless acts of violence may cease, Pope Francis invokes upon all of you the divine blessings of peace and strength.” – Cardinal Pietro Parolin
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