Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What a sad and tragic time this is, as we are confronted once again by senseless violence and an indefensible loss of life. Dwayne Jackson, 50, Valerie Jackson, 40, and six children -- Nathaniel, 13; Honesty, 11; Dwayne, Jr., 10; Caleb, 9; Trinity, 7; and Jonah, 6 were murdered in their home in Texas. They are the family of Shirley Jackson, a member of Brown Deer UMC. We want to surround Shirley in our kind thoughts and prayers as she copes with this terrible loss. Our words cannot begin to address the immensity of this tragedy, but our God is a loving and caring God, and we know that God will be with Shirley and the rest of the family.

Please continue to hold Shirley in your prayers, and remember to pray for a world that is safe, kind and loving where such tragedies may come to an end. Pray also for those who commit such violent and terrible acts that there might be restorative and lasting justice. In times such as these we are reminded how broken our world can be, and how much we need God’s grace, God’s love, and God’s mercy.

In Christ’s holy name,

Hee-Soo Jung, PhD