GR mourning innocent lives lost to terrorism

Posted at 11:22 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 23:22:28-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Innocent lives lost to terrorism were mourned at a special service Wednesday evening at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids..

The church dedicated the service to those who've suffered under the hand of terrorism. The service called for peace, not just after the blood shed in Paris but also the loss of a Russian airliner and lives lost in Nigeria.

The service gave people a chance to pray, sing, and worship together while lighting candles remembering terror victims. We are a global community, said Reverend Dr. Robert Hundley, and whatever affects people around the world affects us right here in Grand Rapids.

"It would seem to me that one of the lessons is that love is stronger than hate," said Hundley. "Certainly love, peace, joy, and patience those are Christian principles that are present in almost all religions, and we can come together as community of faith and pray for one another."

"We seem to do that best in times of crisis. It’s unfortunate that it takes crisis to bring us together in that way."