May we never forget that a kiss triggered Orlando – so that we kiss more
By Rev. Dámaris E. Ortega
This prayer was offered by the author as part of a multifaith, online gathering called “Love As Defiance” in response to the killing of 49 LGBT people in a nightclub in Orlando.
In the face of this terrible tragedy that has touched our hearts with so much pain, grief and devastation, we lift our prayers to you, the source of healing, consolation and restoration for the all the victims wounded in the horrific and senseless attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse in Orlando, their loved ones, the whole LGBTQ community and the Latino community.
As a Latina Queer woman, I feel doubly affected and in so much grief for all of those my brothers and sisters and their families. My heart also goes out to the Muslim community that continues to be tainted by the reputation of extremists who do not represent the views of their community as a whole. May love and compassion reach them and may they find a place of inclusion in this, the country that we all call home.
God, it is so hard to understand how a kiss, an act of love between two people, fed such terrible acts of violence.
A kiss! May we never forget that, so that we kiss more, love more and work harder to make this a better world for our future generations. A world with no gun violence, a world were love is celebrated and not punished, a world were we can ALL feel safe, no matter who we are, or where we are, or who we love and how we express that love.
In your many names we pray. Amen.
TO: SEN. CHRIS MURPHY AND THE U.S. SENATE
As people of faith, we thank Senator Chris Murphy for his prophetic stand against gun violence on the Senate Floor and call on U.S. Senators to honor Murphy’s request for a vote on critical gun safety legislation.
Rev. Dámaris E. Ortega is the Pastor of United Church of Christ Congregational in Plainfield, NJ Which Voices leave you wanting to hear more? Email us ideas for interviews at [email protected].