Last Sunday, in addition to our “Moment of Silence” in solidarity with Ukraine, we held the victims of gun violence in Monterey Park and Alhambra, CA in prayer. There are so many that we could not name but still hold in our hearts.
Monday brought us closer to home with the announcement of the Half Moon Bay shootings. Cultural analyses presented this week ask us to look deeper than gun control but into the cultural pressures and alienation experiences. Digging deeper into and facing the truth of how we got here is hard and painful.
Every moment, we are blessed/cursed with the opportunity of assessment and change. How can we be more blessed? How can we affect a change toward love in this earthly plane?
Revelation 21:4 says “God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Until that day, we’ve got work to do.
Blessed are you, Island United, who persevere through the pain toward the realm of God.
I look forward to seeing you in person or on Zoom this Sunday at 10 am as we look at Matthew’s “Beatitudes”.
Rev. Michael Cronin