Tears flowed as I listened to Good Morning America as a friend of the wife of the shooter in Pennsylvania described the seemingly good relationship in that family. They were all members of a prayer group, Moms in Touch, and this friend said she was shocked and surprised as the wife had only good things to say about her husband. How could this happen? The other lead story focused on a congressman who took advantage of young pages and misused his position of power and prestige in an attempt to corrupt young men. How could this happen? Aren’t our children safe anywhere? In 1 Peter 5:8-9 (CEV) it says, Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord’s followers are suffering just as you are. Satan is constantly searching for ways to take us down and using our children is one of his most potent weapons. We must resist! We must be on guard! We cannot complacently send our children off to school each day assuming that all is well. I find it ironic that the wife was at a Moms In Touch prayer meeting because the purpose of this group is to pray for our children while they are at school. Satan must be laughing his head off at the coup he managed with this latest school shooting. However, do not despair…there is hope! You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NIV) Remember that we have the Almighty God who will destroy this deadly enemy. Our task is to be aware, resist the temptations presented and stand firm. Please pray for the safety of our children, for the leaders of our country, and the families who are in anguish during this difficult time. Prayer DOES change things.

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