Hundreds of people release lanterns into the air in hopes of good fortune and prosperity at the traditional lantern festival during the Chinese New Year in the Pingxi district of New Taipei City, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. The lantern festival starts 15 days after the Chinese Lunar New Year and falls on Feb. 22, this year. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Pray and Give: 6 Children of Congressional Staffer Killed in House Fire

There’s some news that just makes your heart hurt in a way that defies articulation. This is one of those times.

Long-time House Staffer, Katie Malone was injured in a late-night fire which killed six of her nine children. The surviving children all have injuries, two of whom are in critical condition.

Katie has served as a Special Assistant to Rep. Elijah Cummings for nearly 11 years, focused on Immigration and Military constituent service matters, including Service Academy nominations.

I cannot fathom the loss of a single child, let alone losing 6, and seeing my remaining children hurting so badly.

As I read about the tragedy that the Malone family is enduring, I was reminded about the story behind one of my favorite hymns, It is Well With My Soulwritten by Horatio Spafford.

In late November, 1873, Spafford’s wife and four daughters were sailing ahead of him from the United States to Europe when their ship sank due to a collision with another vessel. While his wife survived, his four daughters perished.

Following her rescue, Mrs. Spafford’s wire to her husband began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Later, to another survivor she shared, “God gave me four daughters, Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”

It was during Mr. Spafford’s trans-Atlantic journey to rejoin his wife that he wrote his famous hymn.

When peace, like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows  roll,

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul

Please join me in praying for the Malone family and those close to them. May God give them peace and may they feel His love like never before.

If you are so inclined and able, consider donating to a GoFundMe which a family member has set up to support them in this awful time.

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Raz Shafer

Raz is a Christian, Texan, Conservative, Entrepreneur, Politico. Sigma Chi, Cigar/Fly-fishing/2nd amendment fan.
For the last 20 years, Raz has been involved in politics from grassroots organizing to running federal Pac efforts. Most of his current efforts are through his Candidate and Campaign Training organization, My Campaign Coach.

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