CLEVELAND — Trying to make sense of the senseless, some Clevelanders turn to God and prayer as they remember the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.
The Sunday service at the In Touch for Christ Christian Center was dedicated them. All twenty children and six adults killed were remembered.
The names of the victims were read and a candle lit for each of them — from the first graders lost to the brave teachers who gave their lives protecting their school children. The light served as a symbol of hope from a dark day of great sadness and loss.
Bishop Prince Moultry reflected on the innocence and young lives taken away and on a nation in need of prayer.
“Calling on a higher power for strength. Calling on a higher power for healing. Calling on a higher power asking, Lord, why?” he prayed.
The pain of an unthinkable tragedy in a small town in Connecticut is felt here in heart of Cleveland.
“I can’t even express the pain that they are feeling right now. But, I know with God they will make it through,” Prayer Ministry member Latasha Branch said as a tear ran down her face.
“Being a parent, this is hard. So, prayer is a must,” church member Gwendolyn Davis added.
They found it hard to imagine 6- and 7-year-olds being in harm’s way at school.
Prayer Ministry member Tamika White said sometimes we don’t have a reason why such tragedies happen.
“We just have to continue to trust in God and know that those children are now safe in his arms,” she said.
While some might say this is a time to question God, this congregation said it is a time to turn to him for strength and healing.
The congregation at In Touch for Christ Christian Center also prayed for the gunman’s family — remembering that they, too, are hurting and asking “why.”