This weekend a pair of evil men committed evil acts of violence against innocent people living innocent lives.

All people are created equally in the image of God, and those who perpetuate violence based on race are some of the purest evil this world has ever known. Evil has existing since the beginning of man, and I wish we knew the answer of how to fix evil and hatred in a person’s heart. 

I am praying for the victims, their families and the communities of El Paso and Dayton as they reel from this violence. I will continue to offer prayers in times of tragedy. I am from a small town, with a Christian faith, and I have seen the impact of a praying community. Prayers work.

There’s more to this story in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.