For healing of the trauma

Let us share “prayers for healing of the trauma that has hit the whole community near Great Mills High and particularly for the healing of the injured Senior and the rest of [the school community],” asks Christy Hartigan, member of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, Md., which is located less than a quarter-mile from the site of a tragic school shooting on March 20, 2018 in Great Mills, Md.

“We always think tragedy won’t hit close to home, until it does,” wrote the Rev. Mitch Watney to parishioners of his congregation after reporting to the scene on Tuesday to be of spiritual service. “There is always a great urge to ask ‘why,’ to search out the cause, and to assign blame. There is a time and place for each of those responses, but right now I invite you to take stock of the gifts and resources – love, care and community support – that we must have.” In addition to participation in a Community Prayer Service held that night, Pr. Watney wants our community to be aware of tools listed below, including for “difficult conversations with family and youth.”



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  1. This is an update – The Great Mills High School community lost two children to gun violence and injured a third in the March 20 incident. Desmond Barnes, 14, survived the shooting after being shot in the leg. Jaelynn Willey, 16, died 2 1/2 days later after being shot in the head. Austin Rollins, the 17-year-old who fired his father’s Glock 9-millimeter pistol inside the school, died after shooting himself in the head at the scene. May we continue to pray for healing of this trauma for all three families, all of the high schoolers and teachers who directly witnessed the incident and for the whole community.

    May we be the Easter Light to those who are in darkness, who suffer, who are oppressed, who are down-trodden, who need help.

  2. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers continue. Thank you, CH.

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