May 29, 2018 | Posted in Community, Ministry

Dear friends,

“Grant us wisdom. Grant us courage.”

   I am saddened to hear that graffiti messages of hate were found at Glenelg High School this morning. Just Tuesday night I sat in the auditorium during the GHS Baccalaureate Service thanking God for our wonderful schools in this area. And now, this. It’s alarming. Hateful acts can make us feel jittery, angry, violated and vulnerable.

   What is it that makes some in a community so fearful and angry? Is it a feeling of powerlessness? Hopelessness? Need for attention? Ignorance? Scapegoating? I just don’t know. Maybe all of that and more.
   I may never know the motives of another person. Lord knows I sometimes struggle to figure out my own thoughts and actions.
   What I do have some agency around is how I choose to respond. What is the faithful way to act in the face of hate that does not perpetuate it?
  How do we respond without closing off our hearts to those who would do this?
   Resources, ideas, wholehearted approaches appreciated. To be clear, I’m not interested in condemnation, rants or demonizing.
   Let us pray. Always. Pray for a way forward. Pray for healing from disconnection and fear. Pray for the principal, staff and students of Glenelg High School.
   Let us pray for wisdom and courage.
   Let’s us live in ways that daily bring about peace.
   Be extra kind to everyone you meet today. If you feel scared or angry, pray about that. And still direct your energy today toward the same peace and love Jesus offered to everyone, from people in power to people on the margins of society.
   “O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-Book of Common Prayer, p. 815
If you or your student would like to talk, please call me or send me an email. Let’s support one another in love, and circle around our high school community with strength, courage, wisdom and prayer.
With faith in God’s power,
Dina