Dear Father, Katie Wenszell, 28, and her mother, Susan Wenszell, 58, traveled from their home in the Milwaukee, WI area to vacation in Atlanta, GA. While waiting for a train at a MART station, Susan was pushed by Christopher Patrick Brooklin, 28, onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train. Witnesses say Christopher had been randomly punching people prior to pushing Susan. Susan was knocked unconscious, suffered a concussion, and a fractured elbow. Katie jumped onto the tracks and was able to rescue her mother. However, Katie was struck by the train and dragged. She has a serious brain injury, lost part of her foot, had her left shoulder torn off, and she will need facial reconstruction. Father, pour out Your mercy, compassion, and grace to Katie. I’m asking You to perform a miracle, enabling Katie’s broken body to heal and to be restored to full health. Father, renew and refresh her brain. Give the doctor’s a solution that enables Katie to have a functioning shoulder and the part of her foot that she lost. I ask that You will reduce her pain. I also ask for full healing for Susan as she recovers from her injuries. Father, both women have been emotionally traumatized by this. I ask that You heal them both emotionally. May this incident lead to both women discovering the depths of Your love for them and may they both be spiritually renewed. I also ask for Your grace and mercy for their family members who suffer along with them. Show Your kindness to them. As for the assailant, may justice be served. May Christopher pay for his act of evil. However, I ask for Your mercy on him as well. May he come to faith at some point in his life, experiencing remorse for his deed and a longing to honor You by loving strangers in Your name. Amen.
Dear Father, Cristhian Rivera, 24, an illegal immigrant employed at Yarrabee Farms, confessed to the killing of Mollie Tibbetts. He led the police to her body that he had buried under corn husks in a cornfield near Brooklyn, IA. Mollie had been missing since July 18th when she was last seen jogging. Cristhian confessed to following the jogger in his car, stepping out of his car to confront her, and then burying her body in the field. Father, my heart goes out to the Tibbetts family today as their greatest fears have been realized. Pour out Your love to this family. Meet their every need. Walk with them as they deal with a funeral and the legal system as Cristhian is prosecuted. Father, turn this evil into something good. Transform lives. Reveal Your deep love to friends and family. Give those who mourn a new hope in life. Give them peace and understanding. I also ask for Your grace on the staff of Yarrabee Farms who are saddened that their employee committed this crime. They claim that they followed the law to the letter about the hiring of immigrants. Father, may justice be served. However, I also ask that You lead Cristhian to repentance and spiritual transformation. May he one day have a new heart, a heart that longs to love others in Your name. Amen.
Dear Father, President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, plead guilty yesterday to eight violations of banking, tax, and campaign finance laws. He stated he was guilty for paying Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels for their silence to purposely influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. He said he was instructed to make those payments by a “candidate”, implicating President Trump, who is believed to have had affairs with both women. It has been a long-standing tradition not to charge a sitting President with crimes. Unless prosecutors choose to buck that tradition, the President is unlikely to have criminal charges filed against him during his term in office. However, impeachment is another matter. Given Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on the same day on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud, the likelihood increased of Trump’s impeachment by a Democrat-controlled Congress in 2019. President Trump’s fate may truly be determined by the November mid-term elections. Pundits believe these events will empower the Special Council Robert Mueller to continue to explore Trump collusion with the Russians to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Father, I ask that justice will be served. I don’t know what that looks like but I ask that truth and justice will be victorious in this situation. I also ask that hypocrisy will be defeated. May those who accuse hold themselves and their associates to the same high standards for conduct. Father, I ask that You move in the thoughts of people across this nation. May voters come to the conclusion that good character matters. May there be a conversation in America about the need for politicians to embrace honesty, integrity, faithfulness, goodness, and morality. It seems like an impossible dram. However, all things are possible with You. Father, please inspire the public to esteem and value good character in our politicians. Amen.
Dear Father, Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick, CO, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder. He is accused of killing his wife Shanann, 34, and his two daughters, Bella 4, and Celeste 3, in the early morning of August 13. Shanann was 15-weeks pregnant with the couple’s first son. She had experienced great difficulty getting pregnant due to Lupus. Friends and family have reported that the marriage was in trouble as the couple, native to North Carolina, was dealing with a financial crisis and Christopher’s affair with a co-worker. A witness reports that Christopher stated, after the disappearance of his wife and kids became known, that he and his wife were separating. Christopher is claiming that Shanann responded to his request for a separation by attempting to strangle the girls and that Christopher responded in a rage to defend them. He admits to burying his wife in a shallow grave and to the placement of his two girls into an tank filled with crude oil. Father, this is horrific. You loved Shanann, Bella, Celeste, and the baby in the womb. You had plans for them. You longed to walk beside them and be their loving God. You also love Christopher. You longed for him to walk with You and to find peace as he placed his trust in You each day of his life. Now, devastation. Four lives are gone and the fifth will either be locked away in jail for the rest of their life or be put to death by the justice system. It is a tragedy with eternal consequences. Evil smiles today. Therefore, Father, I ask that You storm into this situation and redeem it. Yank the victory out of the hands of evil. Crush those who love violence. Transform the hearts and minds of the friends and family of the victims. May they experience the joy of being overwhelmed by Your love. Write testimonies of Your amazing love that will be shared by those who mourn that will touch many other lives. Bring healing and spiritual restoration to each individual who mourns the victims. Father, transform Christopher’s heart. Give him a new spirit that longs to serve You and to serve others in need. Yes, may justice be served. May this crime not go unpunished. However, do not allow evil to have a victory in this horror. Advance Your kingdom through the awesome power of Your love poured into this tragedy. Amen.