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Let us pause in silence for a moment to lament

5-22-16 flowersDear Skyline Family and Friends,

Let us pause in silence for a moment to lament.

To lament that our nation has experienced another mass shooting without a single piece of legislation passed since the last mass shooting to even attempt to prevent this one.

To lament the tragic loss of 50 lives that dared to display joy in what they deemed as safe space.

To lament that LGBTQ pride month has been interrupted by heinous homophobic mass murder.

To lament that islamophobic slurs from a presidential candidate have interrupted the blessed season of Ramadan.

Today, we pause to lament.

Lamentation, according to Catholic nun and noted author Elizabeth A. Johnson, is “dangerously remembering the dead in solidarity with their suffering and hope of future blessing…[which] has the capacity to nurture ongoing resistance to the victimization of others.” Pride may very well be the most powerful act of resistance that exists for those whose lives are constantly assaulted by bigotry and hatred. If pride as resistance can diminish the future victimization of anyone, then by all means let us soon stand and march with pride again.

We are stronger together than alone. Together, let us lament. Let us resolve to change the world, beginning with ourselves, and working together  – every single unique, beautiful one of us. And it starts by embracing our whole selves for everything God created us to be and our neighbor as ourselves.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

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