Dead At Twenty Two


Until  this morning, I had never heard of Christina Grimmie. She had been a singer on “The Voice” in a previous season. Last night, following a concert, when was signing autographs and merchandise, a man in line walked up and shot her. Dead. According to various news reports, although her brother tackled the shooter, he fatally shot himself. Dead.

As  you know this is not a political blog . It is not an anti-this or anti-that blog. It has a mission statement that is very simple: Introduce people to Jesus.

During my talk with God this morning, I asked Him what could I do? I asked him what could we do? As Dan reminds us to be still and quiet, I waited for God’s answer. His whisper: pray.

What I love about this community is we have people at various stages on their walk of faith. From those taking their first steps, to Deanna, who is kindly and patiently teaching us about intercessory prayer and prophetic intercessors. God’s whisper was very simple and something we all can do.


Let this not just be another news story. Another headline for a day or two. And then on to the next shocking event. Let this young woman’s life be a wake up call for us today. Let us pray.

And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

– Ephesians 6: 18


20 comments on “Dead At Twenty Two

    • Amen and amen! Thank you for being here with us as we continue to discover and share God’s grace. Today is a good example of how we can communally pray and lift up so many prayers and draw nearer to God.

    • Martha, thank you so much for sharing my writing ministry on your blog site with your readers. It is a very sad event. Our communal prayer today has lifted up so many prayers. Thank you for being here with us!

  1. John Lewis says:

    This is very sad. Since accepting Christ 2 years ago, this is one of the few shows I watch. Nothing against TV in general, and not endorsing of not endorsing specifically this particular show. I just appreciate the positive interactions and the talent. We know Ronans 8:28…God will use this for the good of those who love Him. May He use it to bring souls to him. In contrast to our society doing all it can to pull souls away from Him, then blaming Him when these things happen. Love this thought on community prayer. Thank you…and pray.

    • Thank you, John for being here and sharing your insights. I agree with you that there are those in society who will use this as an example of God not being present. Our community prayer today has been so awesome and I know it will continue tomorrow. We must not let the enemy take one person away from being close to God during times like this.

  2. It’s so important to keep that sense of urgency to pray for and share Jesus with people. Thanks for the post.

  3. Eva Xanthopoulos says:

    I just about lost it when I heard about this. I was a fan of hers since she first started posting videos on YouTube years ago. I really looked up to her and it was such a joy seeing her grow as an a music artist. Not only was she incredibly talented, she seemed like a very loving and vibrant soul. What a tragic end… I can’t even put into words how upsetting this is. For someone to be so disconnected from reality and love to take another’s life like that is beyond me… May she rest in peace.

  4. This is terrible news. We must remember to pray for both families. Both have lost someone they love. We must also forgive (as the Father forgives).

    • Michelle, you provide a message for us that can be a challenge. “We must remember of to pray for both families.” Praying and forgiving. Our walk of faith is not easy. It is not easy to understand how someone can do this. Great reminder for us and I’m so glad you are here!

  5. You are quite an intercessor already, dear brother (you simply did not know what it meant).

    My teen age daughter and I have enjoyed watching The Voice together for many seasons (like John, it’s one of the few TV shows I watch); Christina had an amazing voice, and was fun to watch. This is absolutely heart-breaking.

    Father, we do not understand everything that happens, but we remain at peace knowing You are sovereign, persistently calling and calling out to those who have not yet received the most gracious gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus, through whom you restore repentant sinners back to Your image. Father, we simply persist in prayer like the widow for all those who are not yet part of this glorious Body, asking that you enable them to receive Christ as You enabled each of us. Similarly, we ask that you use this tragedy to draw all those of us already in Your Son to abandon everything worldly and press into Him with all His energy which so powerfully works in us, for Your glory. We ask that Christina’s family and close friends know Your comfort as they struggle through this most difficult time. Be exalted, Lord: keep causing us to know Your love far better than we do now. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  6. dtwrites77 says:

    Such an an outpouring of emotion and sharing of thoughts concepts and feelings, generated by your post, your blog at its best.

    • I have always said that comments “complete” and add so much to a post. Comments which make us stop and think and sometimes go in to different directions…sometimes inspriring another post. I am so humbled by the participation of our community and how we are beginning to be prayerful, not only for one another, but for our hurting world and those spiritually seeking. Your contributions have deeply touched the hearts of so many (including mine). I look forward to sharing more of your mystic and beautiful poetry. Thank you for being here with us!

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