This week is a very difficult week. 50 lives were murdered and over 50 more injured by Omar Mateen’s terror attack on a queer Orlando Night Club. Our prayers are with the families and all in relation to those affected. The most challenging person for our culture to pray for has been Omar, the shooter, but as a queer person myself who has been reading many of the articles and talking with many close queer friends about what has happened I think it is necessary we follow Jesus’ commandment: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). This week, amidst all the pain and sorrow be in prayer for Omar and his family and the families of all those connected to evil, violence, and hatred – they are in need of God’s saving grace more than we might ever imagine. Amen.