Woman Texts 'Pray for Us' to Dad During San Bernardino Mass Shooting
“Pray for us.”
That’s what one woman texted her father as she hid from the shooters who opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., yesterday.
“‘Shooting at my work,’” her father, Terry Pettit, read aloud to reporters. “‘People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us.’”
Pettit then turned away from the camera, weeping.
This powerful plea for prayer came just hours before it emerged that 14 people were killed and 17 more wounded in the rampage of violence that day.
It also arrived amid mounting criticism that the tragic mass shooting – the deadliest since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre – was invoking too many "meaningless platitudes."
Political leaders who offered their prayers yesterday were derided by a New York Daily News headline this morning, which blared: “God Isn’t Fixing This.”
“They’re arguing that those of us who are conservatives don’t want to do anything but pray,” Dr. Robert Jeffress responded on “Fox and Friends” this morning.
“When we pray, we're talking to somebody greater than ourselves, and asking Him to do some specific things. To heal those who are wounded. To give grace to those who've lost loved ones," he added. "Prayer’s a non-partisan activity, hopefully.”