Today I was saddened to hear the news about the shooting at the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, South Carolina last night. It put a damper on my travels today, as it's one of those events that's shaken the whole country. Such senseless violence is hard to understand. Was it racist violence? Was it anti-Christian violence?
We're just starting to hear about the killer and his motives. But what is certain is the hurt this inflicts on our fellow Christians, and the need for us to support one another in prayer. It also shows the kind of violence that is multiplying in America, and the need to pray for our country.
I had a chance to do just that yesterday in my travels when I visited the Geographic Center of the 48 contiguous states, near Lebanon, Kansas. It's right up on a hill with a beautiful view, and it has a small chapel for prayer. Please take a look at the pictures below and consider visiting. But wherever you are, please pray for our nation - for the healing of our land, for racial reconciliation, for violence to diminish, and for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven.