October 4, 2017
As I thought about what to write this week I read a letter I received from our district's Education Executive, Rachel Klitzing. Our district includes the Lutheran schools in Las Vegas. This week I think it is appropriate to just share what Rachel wrote.
Jesus said, "I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, ESV) At times like these, we cling to the hope and peace that we have in Jesus because of His victory won for us on the cross and empty tomb!
Together, as the body of Christ, we join together in praying for all of our professional workers in ministry and leadership in our Las Vegas area schools and congregations as they provide comfort and reassurance of the hope we have in Jesus to those who have been deeply impacted by this horrific shooting in their community. I'm so grateful to God for our partnership in the Gospel! I've had numerous people outside the district let me know that they are keeping our colleagues in Christ in prayer at this difficult time.
Several students, an alumna, and a relative of one of the Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School were wounded in the shooting, and numerous others of their stakeholders were impacted by this tragic event, including a parent of a preschooler at Faith Community Lutheran Preschool, who is in critical condition at this time. One of the Faith Community teacher assistants was working at the event as head of a security group. Thankfully she was not injured, but was in the middle of it all giving first aid and CPR to the injured. In addition, Mrs. Donna Jaksha, Admissions Director at Loving Savior Lutheran, Chino Hills, lost her daughter-in-law who was killed due to injuries she sustained from a gun-shot wound. Our heart and prayers go out to Mrs. Jaksha and her son Chris. Chris and his wife recently welcomed a child into the world, so prayers for their young children are welcomed as well. I'm sure there are many more of which I am not currently aware.
Psalm 34:18 states, " The LORD is close to those who are brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." I know this is a very sad, somber and scary time, but we find our strength in the promise of our Savior.
Mr. Robert Koehne