I attended two distinctly separate events last week, yet they had something in common.
First, I went to a Sunday service in Wilmington, NC. Here’s a link to a video that I love (the graduate in the green gown is my daughter-in-law): http://anchorwilmington.org/
It wasn’t just that the service was held outside on a barge anchored on the river (Hence the name of the church). It wasn’t the sunshine and the free coffee and the birds swooping down to see what was going on maybe get a tidbit. It wasn’t the message, which was good, or the the singing of one of my favorite hymns accompanied by a young woman who played a mean guitar.
It wasn’t the congregation: church members, vacationers and dog-walkers who happened to pass by and decided to join in, and some of the homeless people who live wherever they can find shelter in Wilmington’s downtown area.
It was the sense of unity with all people. Rich, poor, black, white, educated and drop-outs–we were one in the spirit. There was a feeling of joy and love.
That Sunday morning, we had not yet heard about the Orlando shooting. Cut to a few days later. On Wednesday I was back home and learned there was to be a candlelight vigil for the victims, survivors, the police and EMS workers, the doctors, and all who came to help.
This service was held in a courtroom. It was packed. There were words of hope and love, prayers, songs, and even a little laughter because love wins every time.
I felt a sense of unity with all people. Rich, poor, black, white, educated and drop-outs–we were one in the spirit. There was a feeling of joy and love.
Yes, I repeated that sentence. Both events showed me that people CAN come together and CAN work together.
And together we can defeat the hatred and fear that is tearing our beloved country apart.
I’m not sure how I, as an individual, can do anything to stop the madness. But I do feel that by joining our hearts and minds, we can turn back the dark and let the light shine.