At the Grace Church of Glendora, Pastor John Dix read from the Old Testament to draw parallels between ancient times and modern day.
The Prophet Isaiah wrote thousands of years ago of the depraved, sinful and unjust nature of mankind.
â€œThereâ€™s death and disease and betrayal and just horrible things,â€ Dix said. â€œOur world today is no different, is it?â€
â€œThen something like what just happened 30 miles east of here, and youâ€™re reminded itâ€™s not just out there itâ€™s right here,â€ he told the congregation.
â€œThereâ€™s something in you that wants that wrong to be righted. And whose going to do that? Isaiah answers and says, â€˜Itâ€™s going to be the Wonderful Counselor, the Almighty God, the Prince of Peace.â€™â€
But Godâ€™s will is not known to people.
â€œTo be a Christian is to wait,â€ he said.
And he urged his flock to wait with faith in God and His plan, rather than become wrapped up in their own expectations.
â€œLord Jesus, teach us to be a people who wait well. Guide us, direct us, lead us,â€ Dix prayed. â€œCause us to grow strong in our waiting… to shine our light in a dark and messed up world. A world of injustice. A world where neighbor does not treat neighbor well. And yet, a world in which there are these rays of hope, these glimpses of light.â€
â€œHelp us be a people of peace in a culture that is full of war and hate and division. This is our prayer.â€