The question now before us is: what do we do in response? My facebook news feed is absolutely filled with opinions. They range from bomb them to smithereens and close our borders to any refugees while closing the Mosques, to recommendations that we welcome the refugees in order to prove that we don't hate Muslims. I have no answers to the larger questions, but I do know that the Biblical witness is full of admonitions to welcome the stranger, to care for the widows and orphans, to open our hearts and communities to the homeless (remember Sodom, according to Ezekiel?). I know that the separation of church and state has happened because I hear so many Governors trying to close their borders. Where do we go from here?
God of us all we come before you in grief for those who have lost their lives or the lives of those they loved. We are in grief for persons who misunderstand the tenets of their faith so completely that they think killing others is justified. We are in grief for ourselves and our families as we react in fear and close ourselves off from the world. You have promised to be with us no matter what happens. You have told us time and again to be not afraid. Tonight we rest ourselves in your gracious, mighty arms. Tomorrow we pray for your guidance, and for the courage we need to go on............Amen