I'm thinking about Oslo. I'm thinking about Alaska. And I am thinking of a conversation I had with a Muslim man who said the following shortly after 9-11: "Before they hijacked the airplanes, they hijacked my religion."
Lord Jesus, save us from ourselves. Help us find mercy this night. May we find the courage to heal the wounds that are too deep for words, that cause us to kill and maim one another in your name, in any name of the Divine in this world. Please, O Merciful Master, grant us wisdom and courage for the living of these days. May we speak. May we stand. May we love those who would persecute us, oppress us, and even mean us harm. May that love bring your Light into our darkness. Amen.