Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, November 7, 2017
One Minute They Were a Family Praying in Church. The Next, Eight of Them Were Dead.
One minute the Holcombes were a tight-knit family praying in the tiny church on Fourth Street.
The next, eight of them were gone.
Bryan and Karla Holcombe, a guest preacher and his wife, were dead.
Their son Marc Daniel Holcombe, gone. Their pregnant daughter-in-law, Crystal Holcombe, gone.
And four of their grandchildren — Noah, Emily, Megan and Greg — gone.
Twenty-six people were killed when Devin P. Kelley opened fire on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in this small Texas town, including the child Crystal was carrying, officials said. According to the Wilson County sheriff, Joe Tackitt Jr., as many as half of the victims were children.
And the gunman nearly wiped out the Holcombe family, leaving Joe Holcombe, 86, Bryan’s father, to mourn the loss of the generations he had raised. “We know where they are now,” he said in an interview, his voice strained by exhaustion. “All of our family members, they’re all Christian. And it won’t be long until we’re with them.”
Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Proverbs 1.7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
What is “the fear of the Lord”? The best definition of the “fear of the Lord” may surprise you. However, this is what is meant by the “fear of the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 6.5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
The beginning of all wisdom and knowledge is discovered as we love God with all we have.
Prayers for Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Dear God, please draw our world deeper into your love and wisdom.