The town that I work in experienced a difficult tragedy on Tuesday with a shooting which left one dead and two in the hospital. So yesterday afternoon at 5:00 pm there was a Prayer Vigil held on the Public Square for all of those involved and their families.
The Prayer Vigil was a great idea and I commend all of those that were able to attend. I also commend all of those that organized the event. Prayer works! But it brought a couple of thoughts to mind.
1) I remembered how after 9/11 Churches and groups all over our Country came together to pray. Even the Democrats and Republicans joined together on the Capital steps united in prayer and support.But how long did the prayer times continue? How long was there unison in the Capital? How long did it take for us to all get back to what most call normal?
2) I also began to reflect on the fact that the Prayer Vigil was held on a Wednesday afternoon. I was not able to attend due to being out of town, but rushed back for Wednesday evening Prayer Service at our Church. But most people don’t attend Prayer Meetings any more. There are too many Ball Games, homework and other activities – and not enough time to pray! I remember when there were never Ball Games on Wednesday night and Teachers even gave less homework because so many people went to Prayer Meetings.
We do not need people shouting about Prayer in Schools, when they will not even come to Church and pray! And we don’t need to wait for a tragic event to occur for the Community to come together at the Town Square to pray.
Again, I commend all of the efforts to put together the Prayer Vigil, but it is going to take more than one meeting of a few faithful to change our community and country.
It is going to take people getting serious about Jesus Christ on a daily bases. It is going to take people praying for each other and being committed to living out what we say and splatter all over the social media, about God and Faith, trying to get “likes.” It is going to take me getting on my knees in my closet and you in yours going to God!
I can’t change anything, but He can.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256