We here in the Crestview area are blessed to have a fairly safe place to work and live. Many of our neighbors and friends are military or retired military that know how to defend themselves and our country. We are fortunate that we haven't had tragedies such as those in Orlando or Las Vegas. Since we are adjacent to military bases, this probably isn't an ideal place for a terrorist attack.

The devastating attack in Las Vegas may take weeks to sort out and answer such questions as what motivated this attack, how many people were involved, why this venue was chosen and so on. Time is needed to follow leads and interview people.

One question I have is why the absolute hatred towards fellow Americans? What motivates someone to murder their neighbors? The Bible states in Jeremiah 17:9-10a, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart."

 We are sinful people, prone to sinful acts, but as Christians we are commanded in I John 4:7, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God." When we love each other, we certainly don't kill one another and we want what is best for them.

My heart breaks for those who lost beloved members of their families, friends, co-workers and those they may have only known casually. While I can't comprehend why someone would carry out such an attack, I can pray for all involved.

Here are some suggestions for our prayers:

•For quick and complete healing for those who were injured

•For the families of those who lost loved ones

•Give thanks for first responders

•Wisdom for our leaders

•Unity in our country

While we may never know the motivation of the shooter or shooters, we can pray and love one another as we have been commanded by the Lord.

Some people call to sacrifice our liberty for a sense of security. Here is a quote from Benjamin Franklin, who stated on Nov. 11, 1755, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." It's something to seriously think about.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.