United Methodists pray, wrestle with emotions after Paris attacks

United Methodists pray, wrestle with emotions after Paris attacks

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ALCOA, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2016) -- Church members in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia reel between faith and fear after terrorist news.

Here are samples of social-media posts between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18:

"Lord, for all of Paris we pray now. Hear the cries of your people, oh God. Touch those that are held captive and are in fear close in your peace. Comfort those who have lost loved ones and are waiting to hear from loved ones. Lord touch the hearts of those that are involved in this tragic set of events in a way they will stop and have a change of heart. In Jesus' name. Amen." -- Rev. Susan Arnold, Blountville, Tenn./ Nov. 13, 2015

"Paris, Beirut, Baghdad ... dear God. The world cries out in pain. Prayers for all those suffering in the aftermath of unimaginable attacks." -- Rev. Beth Tipton, Wise, Va. / Nov. 14, 2015

"Amid our prayers and grieving for so many situations like this, we need to live our lives in such a way that we become a part of the answer to our prayers. #prayforparis #workforpeacewithjustice" -- Rev. Tim Kobler, Knoxville, Tenn./ Nov. 14, 2015

"I am disappointed that many are allowing fear to control their emotions and reactions. The gospel message is quite clear in both the old and new testaments -- we must hear the cry of the needy. We must welcome the foreigners." -- Rev. Knox Wimberly, Kingston, Tenn. / Nov. 17, 2015




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