Tonight we gathered with heavy hearts to remember all victims of gun violence, our sisters and brothers in the LGBTQI community, for our Muslim brothers and sisters, those who inspire hate, all who are afraid, first responders- police and EMT’s. We prayed for those throughout history who have suffered violence and death because of their sexual orientation.
We remembered all the victims by name of the mass murder in Orlando. During the reading of the names, I experienced simultaneous feelings of sadness and anger. I found myself cursing the darkness. What I needed (and wanted) in that moment was to reflect the Light, but I felt the darkness in the reading of the names.
And,as a sign of great hope in Christ, we shared and named “Peace be with you” to one another. I think we loose sight to easily how profound those four words are.
After I’ve had time to process this service tonight and re-read the words of benediction, I find the words of hope and the source of Light:
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
And so it is… And so it will be…
Lighten our darkness, O God. Amen. ++