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Christian Artists And Pastors React To Death Of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a Laker's game
January 27, 2020

On Sunday, many of us were reminded that life can be here and then gone in an instant when NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Kobe and Gianna were two of the nine people who passed away in the accident. The event devasted the sports community and rippled across the entire world, reminding everyone how fragile and precious life truly is.

Use today to hug your loved ones, reconcile with those you might have hurt or been hurt by, and spread the love of Christ boldly. It very well might be your last chance to do so here on Earth.

Many Christian artists and speakers are speaking out about the tragedy and offering their condolences. Their posts are all different, but the sentiment is the same: the most powerful thing we can do is pray.

Please join us in praying for the loved ones of those who were lost in Sunday’s helicopter crash. The pain they’re experiencing is unfathomable, but we know our Heavenly Father saves those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. -Psalm 34:18

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Like so many, I am devastated and heartbroken. My own girls pain and sorrow at this news cut deep. LA is mourning. I saw these words on my friend @sarahjakesroberts post and felt they would help many. #Repost @dranitaphillips ・・・ These are the moments that overwhelm and leave us with the worst kind of questions. Why them? Why this day? Why like this? There are no answers; certainly none that would ever satisfy our broken hearts. So, we are left grieving an unimaginable loss, jarred by an encounter with the impermanence of life, in a world that suddenly feels less safe. Now what ? _____ First, remember. Remember that our yet living energy and persistent faith still have power, so we harness that and send strong prayers to where the wound is deepest β€” the hearts of the families whose lives will never be the same. To Vanessa Bryant and their 3 daughters and to the loved ones of the other passengers. It matters . _____ Next, connect. Connect with your family, your friends, your online community….your people. Call, text, FaceTime. Send love and open yourself to deeply feel the love they send back to you. Let it wash over you and fill you. It matters . _____ Finally, feel. Feel whatever comes. Emotions aren’t permanent but they are real. Don’t expend precious energy fighting them off. Let them come when they come and pass when they pass. Painful feelings are an unavoidable part of life but I’m still grateful for life. Grateful for every moment of life. It matters . _____ #kobe

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