Must-Read Open Letter: To the Moms Whose Children Were Killed in Oregon for Being Christians

As reports surfaced that the gunman responsible for this week’s mass shooting in Oregon specifically targeted Christians, one woman felt a specific urge to reach out to the mothers whose children died after proclaiming their faith in Jesus.

Though she wrote in an open letter (see below) to these grieving women that she “won’t pretend” to know how badly they are hurting, For Every Mom Editor Jenny Rapson nonetheless shared a few thoughts as a woman trying to raise three Christian children of her own.

“I have to ask God to feel that for you,” she wrote, “because I know He does. I have to ask him when I pray for you, as I have been doing constantly over the last 20 hours, to wrap you in His arms and to breathe sweet words of comfort in your ears. He knows the pain of a murdered child. He knows the pain, as you do, of a child who was murdered for his faith.”

She went on to marvel at the bravery of the nine students willing to face certain death at the hands of a killer.

“He killed nine of your children, Mamas,” Rapson continued. “Do you know what that means? That means eight of your brave children saw one of their own take a bullet in the head for claiming Christ and they said yes anyway.” (Read more from “Must-Read Open Letter: To the Moms Whose Children Were Killed in Oregon for Being Christians” HERE)

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To the Moms Whose Children Were Killed in Oregon for Being Christians

Dear Sweet Mamas,

I know you are hurting today. I won’t pretend I know how badly. I am a mom of three and the thought of not having my kids with me here on this earth scares and pains me and makes me feel short of breath. That that is a reality for you today, I am so, so sorry. I am grieved for you. I have shed tears for you and my heart breaks.

But I don’t feel what you feel. I have to ask God to feel that for you, because I know He does. I have to ask him when I pray for you, as I have been doing constantly over the last 20 hours, to wrap you in His arms and to breathe sweet words of comfort in your ears. He knows the pain of a murdered child. He knows the pain, as you do, of a child who was murdered for his faith.

Yesterday a 26-year-old man whose name I won’t give more fame to walked up to your child and said “Are you a Christian?” and your child said “Yes”.

Then he shot them in the head. He walked up to some other moms’ children and asked the same, and if they said “no” he still wounded them, but he let them live.

He killed nine of your children, Mamas. Do you know what that means? That means eight of your brave children saw one of their own take a bullet in the head for claiming Christ and they said yes anyway.

They said yes anyway. They said yes anyway. They said yes anyway.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. (Read more from this open letter to the mom’s of those killed in Oregon HERE)

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