Prayers Requested — For President Harrison and his family at the loss of their home to fire.

Pastor Matt HarrisonFrom the LCMS facebook page:

The Ballwin, Mo., home of Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29. All thanks to God, though the damage was severe, no one was hurt. President Harrison expressed his appreciation for the concern and prayers of all as he and his family work through things.

We pray: O heavenly Father, we know You do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men, and that Your mercy is over all that You have made. Remember the Harrisons in the aftermath of this house fire. Thank you for sparing their lives. Use us, we pray, as instruments of Your care and love for them, for You are a good and gracious Father, and to Your unfailing love we commend them all, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

From what I have heard, the family is all safe, one of the family pets was harmed, and the whole house will have to be rebuilt.  We can give thanks to God for His protection and preservation of life.  We can give thanks for those whose vocations helped in putting out the fire.  We can also pray that property is restored and that the Harrison’s rejoice in the continued giving of daily bread that our Lord gives to them.  We can also pray that in such a tragic loss of property that the Harrison family not be led into temptation over things not in their control and see that they have been delivered from evil by the gracious and merciful Triune God.

If the leadership of the LCMS publishes any other way for love to be shown, I will try to let the readers of BJS know.


About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Prayers Requested — For President Harrison and his family at the loss of their home to fire. — 15 Comments

  1. Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. (‭Psalms‬ ‭57‬:‭1)

  2. Daily we are used to praying for our President and his family. We are saddened by the news of the home fire, but, we thank God for preserving your lives. We will pray for His strength and comfort in the days to come and that His peace will attend you.

  3. So sorry for the loss of your home.
    You are in our prayers,
    karla and norm fisher

  4. I had the privilege of meeting & dining with President Harrison a few years ago at the MN North District Convention. He is a very gracious and inspiring man of God. My father lost his home to fire a little over a year ago, so the anguish and challenges of the days & months that followed are still fresh in my mind. Prayers for the Harrison family as they strive to recover from this difficult setback. And as my 90-year-old father would tell you, it’s just another test of our faith and part of a greater plan. God be with you Harrison family!!

  5. The LCMS Facebook description:

    “The Ballwin, Mo., home of Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29.”

    should probably eliminate the anthropomorphism and state:

    “Synod President Rev. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered the loss of their Ballwin, Mo., home in an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29.”

  6. Prayers of thanksgiving for the safety of President Harrison and his family. God keep you in His loving arms during this time.

  7. Dear Colleague in Christ: 

    On Wednesday morning, July 29, an electrical fire broke out in the home of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison and his wife, Kathy. While the fire caused heavy damage, we give thanks and praise to our merciful God that no one was injured.  

    It appears the accidental blaze began in the basement while President Harrison and his two sons were at home, but they were able to get out of the house quickly. While many possessions may be salvageable, portions of the house were destroyed, and the internal structure was seriously compromised.  Smoke and water damage was sustained throughout the home, and insurance adjusters are now working to determine if the house will need to be rebuilt. 

    Meanwhile, President Harrison and his family are staying in a hotel until temporary lodging is obtained through the insurance company. As the Harrisons take the necessary steps forward, please pray for strength and comfort in their family vocations during this process. The prayers and support of all are deeply appreciated by the family.

    Director of Public Relations
    The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

  8. We give thanks to God that you and your family were delivered safely through the fiery loss of your home and we pray that He will preserve and guide you through all the steps required to deal with this loss while you rebuild your home and your lives. We also pray that your beloved pet will recover completely to be a part of your family for some time to come.

    Doug & Pat Askew
    Church of Saint Mark Lutheran
    Mississauga, Ontario Canada

  9. May God our helper and comfoter, substan you and your family during this difficult time. Amen

  10. I’m sure congregations all over synod will have prayers for you and your family during this stressful time. May our Good and Gracious Lord by with you as you recover from this ordeal.

  11. President Harrison,

    Our family prays that you and your family will continue to remain protected from any and all evil, accidental or otherwise, as you continue to lead the LC-MS. We all are so sorry for this accident and we hope you will glean an ever-stronger trust in our gracious Lord Jesus Christ, and a speedy resolution to you housing situation!

  12. Yes I do to pray for the family of Matthew C Harrison.
    it is a very tragic ordeal to have to go through!
    This sort of travesty… can leave one to feel, the violation of Destruction and loss, within the identity of ones everyday Focus in normality in living.

    It’s as though…you’ve been taken over by a calamity, that has infiltrated your world… forever changing the structure of life, once known from day to day living..

    The shattering event, lingers on upon the essence of ones mind set,and senses.. the pungent smell of that “after fire aroma” …
    That leaves its mark, as a scented constant reminder¡

    We all thank God that everyone in the Harrison family are okay¡
    As we also thank God that others are okay in the same situation, around the world!

    There are many in this world, that suffer greatly, in losing their homes in tragedies such as this ..

    Infurthering..every year there are many, that suffer the devastating effects of, hurricanes, tornadoes mudslides, earthquakes, tsnaume floods,falling trees that can literally take out ones HOMES!

    Yes …I pray for these folks too, as i would think matthew c harrison,is also praying for them in earnest..

    .and As a pastor, I’m hoping to believe Dr. Harrison is praying for these poor victims of natural disasters… placing them FIRST… above his own wants and needs…

    You see these folks of devastating losses…
    they as families, are sometimes seperated and placed in camp grounds,
    tent facilities, shelters..
    being left with the unknown, of now having no home, made to endure the cold chill upon their suffering….

    All the WHILE…
    Matthew c harrison & family… with comfortable luxery,
    reside warmly IN THEIR HOTEL, in whom TENDING TO THEIR EVERY NEED..
    as they await the completion of their…


    BETTER home THAT is being NEWLY RE built!

    I wonder WHO really needs the prayers ¿

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