"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. Matthew 5:4 The Message
“Blessed are you who weep now for you will laugh” Luke 6:21
As I returned home yesterday from church and settled down for my decompression time, I turned on the Olympics but was instead greeted by worshipers in fear and tears. A gunman had entered their service and started to shoot. My heart broke for the dead. A time of peace and meditation became a time of terror and anguish. How do you say: this should never happen? How do you stop senseless violence? How do you unlearn hate? How do you mourn with those who have been hurt for their difference?
Our role when faced with senseless violence brought on by hate of the other, is to say no: Not in my town, not in my state, not in my country. Our role as Christians who are called to comfort the mourning is to learn about this religion, to share how the Sihk faith is about peace and compassion. To say that discrimination is wrong, that one should not be judged by the color of one’s skin or the head covering one wears. Our role is to stand up and say enough.
Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. O Holy One, comfort your grieving children. May you be with those who have lost ones closest to them in senseless violence and hatred. Teach us how to be your comforting arms and presence to those grieving. Teach us to struggle for justice and mercy and show love when hate is all around. Amen.