Dear reader: This piece is my way of reaching out and seeking to bring comfort to others through this time of tragedy.
Almighty God, we are shocked by the murder of 49 people from the LBGT community and the wounding of many others in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts are sad. Once again the darkness and depravity of hatred has attacked us. The sorrow of those who have lost loved ones is far greater than we who have not experienced this can fully understand.
All that is evil would seek for us to not believe there is greater goodness in others than there is darkness. That is a lie. Many of us do care. Many of us love far more than we hate. We must do all we can to break down the walls which divide us. We must not let a philosophy of hate spawned in ignorance and intolerance to become the victor over us. We can only drive out the darkness with the light of Your love. Help us to light our candle by being there for those who need us. Teach us what it means to love. We must stop judging others and start loving them. Whatever our differences are let us work them out together without acts of violence and oppression. Help us to light up the lives of others with Your love.
Kevin Osborne is training to become a minister, psychotherapist and chaplain. He and his wife, Karen, are starting a counselling practice. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch. She makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking graduate studies there. Karen is also planning on entering an M.A.-Ph.D. program through St. James the Elder Seminary majoring in Christian Psychology.
Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.