We don't know what to do or say in the midst of what seems like a world gone mad. As friends, neighbors and co-workers ask the question, "What is going on in our world,?" this statement by Bishop Hanson states it eloquently.
April 16, 2007
ELCA Presiding Bishop's Statement on Virginia Tech Tragedy
With the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Virginia Tech) community and the nation, we mourn, we pray, and
with the Psalmist we plead: "Out of the depths, I cry to you, O
Lord. Lord, hear my voice!" (Psalm 130:1) As family and
friends grieve the deaths and injuries of loved ones, we claim
the promise of Christ's Resurrection.
Campus ministries, congregations and leaders of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America are offering support and spiritual
care to the local community. Through the deep wounds of this
tragedy, let us renew our resolve to live together in peace.
"Holy One, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your
people, but in Jesus you bear that pain with all who suffer at
others' hands. With your cleansing love bring healing and
strength to the Virginia Tech community; and by your justice,
lift them up, that in body, mind, and spirit, they may again
rejoice. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen." (Evangelical Lutheran
Worship, p. 84)
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America