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Lord, another day, another tragedy… we are very aware that we live in a fallen world. We choose to remember today that we focus on what lies ahead: eternity. We face each day with hope, because we know hope is found in Jesus Christ. Today, Heavenly Father, we acknowledge the senseless act of violence that took place in Toronto, Canada, yesterday. We are thankful for the efforts of the officer (identity not public at the time of this writing) who apprehended suspect Alek Minassian after Minassian intentionally drove over and into people along a busy street in Toronto, killing 10. Today we pray for the wheels of justice to move swiftly as Minassian appears in court at 10 AM ET. We also pray for insights into what drove this man to wreak such havoc and terror upon innocent bystanders. We pray for the grieving today, that you would carry them through this dark valley, soothing them with words of peace and hope. We pray for those who experienced the trauma of witnessing this incident. Bring healing to their hearts and minds. Help them find people who will provide support, encouragement and words of wisdom along the healing journey. We ask your blessing on the brave individuals, both officers and citizens, who acted with courage in the midst of carnage, protecting others and attempting to save lives. We are thankful for their example and their efforts. We pray for the city of Toronto today—that it would bounce back from this tragedy, and that citizens would respond not with fear, but by extending extra hope and kindness toward those around them in the days to come. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.