today, we remember.
may we remember the indecencies and atrocities committed under a false understanding of our shared humanity in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them.’
may we remember the bigger mystery of God – that we are all his children and that YHVH desires for us all a path of peace.
may we remember the teachings of jesus, who was appropriately called the prince of peace.
may we remember the ways in which even our own sacred text has been hijacked by extremists with a misguided misunderstanding of truth, and how this holy writing has been used as a weapon to marginalize and ostracize the Other.
may we remember that is not good news.
may we remember God’s call to love even our enemies – as he did us – and move beyond the petty and ineffective back-and-forth arguments that lead only to further fighting. may we remember this is the broad path that leads to destruction.
may we remember our call to a higher road and a better way.
may we remember that what a few people do to terrorize and instill fear may really have nothing to do with God – but more likely, with a love of power and control.
may we remember it isn’t just ‘them’ that is doing the whole-love-of-power-and-control thing. it isn’t just ‘them’ that instills fear.
may we remember that perfect love casts out fear.
may we remember nuance, and realize the world has shades of gray far more complex than the simplicities of our preference for categories of black and white.
may we remember that which we claim guides and compels us – the glorious and gracious love of jesus christ.