Our hearts are broken today and we join our country in mourning the loss of five Dallas police officers senselessly gunned down in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends and with the wounded still fighting for their lives. We stand with our nation’s law enforcement officers in love and support as they put their lives at risk every day to protect and serve.
We also grieve the loss of innocent black lives. Change is needed and long overdue, but violence is not the answer. Our Christian tradition affirms that all people are beloved children of God. Black lives matter. And blue lives matter. What injures one of us injures us all.
There is much work to do. Here is a place to start: Be good to yourselves today. Be kind to everyone else. Sow seeds of love and peace in your own homes and in the community. Refuse to water the weeds of animosity and fear that divide and threaten to destroy us. Instead, do what you can to touch the common thread of humanity in those with whom you interact, and treat every precious soul you encounter like an irreplaceable child of God.
“Beloved… do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”(Romans 12:21)
Rev. Meg Watson