Wednesday, September 25
Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
Minute for Mission
My only brother, FBI Special Agent Mike Miller, was one of three law enforcement officers shot and killed at Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Headquarters in November 1994 by a lone gunman wielding a loaded and concealed assault pistol.
For a long time after Mike’s death, which came just before Thanksgiving, I could not countenance the holiday. Thankfully, I eventually did two things: I turned to the God who in Psalm 91 promises to protect, and I devoted myself to action to keep others from suffering as my family has and does. I now follow Christ’s admonition to love my neighbors by acting to save lives from the scourge of gun violence and am confident that the Christ who gave his life so all may live wishes me and others to do so. I have embraced the challenge of 1 John: “Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (3:18).
I work with a growing movement of people of all faiths who seek to persuade gun shops to quit selling to gun traffickers and those who buy for them—“straw buyers.” The guns they buy are the ones that end up in the hands of those who cannot pass background checks due to felonies, domestic violence, mental illness issues, or, all too often, because they are underage.
We are heeding God’s call to prevent gun violence and save lives. And I love and live Thanksgiving each day as we act in God’s name.
—Bryan Miller, executive director, Heeding God’s Call,
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
Dear God, we thank you for leading us to love you in deed, truth, and action. Help us to stem the flow of guns to those who should not have them. Help all people who love you to join together to heed your call to end gun violence. Amen.