One of our students here at Concordia Seminary shared what happened to him yesterday. By the time I got to the end of his story, the only thing I could hear was a choir crescendo singing the words from O Holy Night: "Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices". So many days it is humbling to be in the presence of our students.
"Today, a church member and a newly baptized child of God (11 year old girl), were in the neighborhood handing out flyers for our Christmas Eve service. Suddenly, gun shots began to ring out in the neighborhood. I pushed the young girl with me into an alcove, then got her across the street to the church member I was with. I then jumped the fence and ran to where the shots were. As I approached, I saw two men on the ground, wounded. I called the police as I applied pressure to their gunshot wounds, and when they arrived there were two officers I knew well. They said these two men were gang members, and this was a gang related shooting. I stayed with the officers for awhile before heading back to the church. As I walked back, I noticed the blood on my hands and began to cry. I cried for the kids of that neighborhood, who experience this daily. I cried for the people who have no hope. I cried for the community, as it experiences destruction. I realized then, more than ever, how in need we are of a Savior. Come, Lord Jesus, come... Save us."