The mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 hit home hard in Nashville since the victims were all attending a country music festival headlined by Jason Aldean. As the horrific details came in about the dozens of country fans killed and hundreds more injured, Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry assembled country stars including Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and “Nashville” TV star Charles Esten to speak and perform at a vigil in Music City Monday night.
Vince Gill also took part in the vigil, organized by the Country Music Association, and offered his condolences to the Las Vegas victims before performing “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”
He said, “Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up [the] families who lost somebody last night. An honor to be here as a voice for the innocent. May we never lose our voice for innocent people.”
Vince then led the crowd in a chorus of “Amazing Grace” before introducing his wife, Amy Grant, to lead a heartfelt prayer.
Before she began the prayer, Amy had everyone bow their heads and lean in and take the hands of the people around them. Her prayer was so powerful, we wanted to share it with you here in its entirety.
“Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of each other,” she began. “Thank you that none of us is born alone or dies alone. But you go before us and beneath us and beside us and within us. Thank you for loving arms that were there to catch every fallen child, man and woman. Thank you for your presence that never leaves us. Thank you for words said over and over again, ‘Fear not.’ ‘Fear not.’ Father, in silence, we lift up. We just imagine all of the people rebuilding their lives. Broken. Grieving. And as a group, I don’t even know how to imagine lifting them all up, but I’m just picturing us almost like slinging them on our backs, lifting them up in our arms to the light of your love. We lift them up now, God, in silence. We lift up grieving spouses, God. We lift up moms and dads grieving the loss of a child, a son and a daughter. We lift up the doctors and nurses attending to the hundreds of people recovering. Give us the grace, God, every day, to see each other. To see each other. To see our differences. To see our similarities. To observe. To learn rather than judge. Fill our hearts with courage to not be afraid. To love, love, love. Thank you that you began this story that we’re all a part of, and you will finish it. And it began in love, and it will end in love. Thank you for the gift of each other. Amen.”
The city of Nashville has established a fund to help the Las Vegas shooting victims and their families. You can donate to the Music City Cares to Benefit Vegas fund at CFMT.org.