As we embrace our children, our spouses, our partners, and our friends today, we remember over fifty people whose parents, spouses, partners, and friends can no longer embrace them.
As we enjoy our rights to speak, to assemble, to worship, and to bear arms, we remember over fifty people who can no longer enjoy theirs.
As we try to understand what drives someone to kill over fifty people, help us also try to understand where we as a nation, as a society, as a community, and as human beings are failing to acknowledge and deal with our contributions to violence through attitudes we foster and don’t foster, through words we say and don’t say, and through policies and laws we enact and don’t enact.
Bless the families, friends, and communities that are grieving today.
Show us what to do. Give us courage to do it.