Our country has suffered another horrific school shooting that has claimed the lives of many innocent children and two adults who fell victim to a young gunman’s rage. Once again, our nation is heartbroken, this time over an incident of senseless violence at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We are overwhelmed with sadness over this devastating tragedy and its resulting loss of innocent life. We grieve with those who lost children and loved ones, and we ask God for healing for those who were injured. As people of faith, we condemn the evil of violence and pray for the gift of peace.
I ask everyone in Northeast Ohio to join together with me in prayer for the victims of this shooting and their families, for all the public safety responders and for the southwest Texas communities stunned by this unthinkable incident. May our witness of prayer and solidarity help move people to action leading to meaningful changes that promote school safety and the safety of all people from the scourge of gun violence, and encourage the building up of a culture of life. And may the God of all love and compassion bring consolation and healing to those whose lives were shattered by this horrible incident.