The late and well known atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair once wrote, “An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.” The truth is most Christ followers want the same thing – she misguidedly understood what church means – church is people not a building. What she overlooks is the power of prayer to change lives, hearts, and hurts. I call on anyone who reads this to be in prayer for those who grieve. Grieve from the deaths in Colorado, or war, or terrorism, or illness, or anything else that causes misery and grief. I believe that God grieves along with us for the fallen nature of humanity. We are one people – one nation – under God – indivisible. When one suffers we all suffer. My prayer is that our sorrow would be turned into celebration. Psalm 30:11 says, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy…” We make this a better nation through mutual sacrifice, service, love, and compassion. In a few minutes I will leave for a funeral. One of my children’s teachers who constantly gave her best and made significant sacrifices as a single mom to always do her best for all the children she helped, not just her own. She died too young but if the world had more people who cared and served like her it would be a better place. So for any who grieve – let your mourning be turned into dancing.