On Wednesday, the curtain officially rose on the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. Normally, this is a high-spirited, fun-filled time of the year for blues music lovers and festival attenders. This year should be no different.

On Wednesday, the curtain officially rose on the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. Normally, this is a high-spirited, fun-filled time of the year for blues music lovers and festival attenders. This year should be no different.

However, the 2017 event falls directly on the heels of a truly American tragedy. You would have to be a hermit to not know by now that 59 people were slaughtered and more than 500 innocent people were seriously injured in yet another senseless act of violence in our great country. Las Vegas, Nevada was the scene this time.

Not unlike our blues festival, these people gathered for the sole purpose of enjoying their favorite genre of music – country-western – and just to have a good time. It is becoming more and more evident that these random acts of violence can happen any time or any place.

I have been told from reliable sources that security measures are being taken quite seriously for our annual blues fest. Fortunately, over the years very few serious incidents have been reported occurring at the KBBF. It is with an unashamed prayer that I offer to God that nothing violent takes place this weekend.

At this point there are many more questions than answers regarding violence in America. What's the cause? Where is this total indifference to human life coming from? What can we do to stop it all? How do we prevent something like this before it happens?”

The first knee-jerk reaction is more gun control and regulations. Others will say that the laws will currently have need to be more rigidly enforced.

However, there is something more immediate that can be done and that is old fashioned down-on-your knees prayer.

In times of crisis I have heard a lot of good people ask, “What can I do?” Some simply reply, “All I can do is pray.”

Wow! Prayer is such a powerful tool.

Here's the prayer I offer at this time:

Dear God,

Please help this nation heal its wounds from the tragedy of violence that besets us daily. May we look to You for guidance and comfort. Open our hearts to love and kindness and shun everything that is evil, especially the taking of human life. May we put our trust in You and not bow down to fear. May we unite as a nation to stop the carnage and hate.

In Jesus name we pray

Amen

Hopefully, there will be a moment of prayer and silence set aside during our great festival to glorify God, ask for his guidance and deliverance from the killings that plague us and look to Him for mercy.

And let us also pray that nothing like this ever happens again.