Today marks the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub mass murder in Orlando, Florida.
News cycles have moved on, but for the families of the victims, including the shooter, the pain of this tragedy rolls unabated.
Union Church is lifting special prayers of consolation for all those still painfully held in the grip of that night, and for all the too many places where gun violence steals more than life. So we send also to God prayers for resistance and persistence: that all people may resist the despair and terror; that all may resist the culture of violence and of unconsidered laws that fail to protect the people. May God grant us persistence in the pursuit of those restraints that will keep the violent from being armed to kill, and may God keep all the children of all the parents in all the world safe at last. We ask this in the hope and faith of the one who led us through death to life, and who call us to lives of caring in action.
We remember. And we strive for a better world in God’s name.