A Time to Mourn.
Advent 3:”Stir up your Power O Holy One, and in your great might come among us…” Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent. 2012.
There is a stunned grief with tears as I try to live into the experience of parents, families and friends in Sandy Hook, CT, who are living with this terrible mass killing. If ever we need One to come among us with power and great might it is now, and yet there is right now only the silenced sound of the children’s play and the
unimaginable loss of these dear ones, children and teachers, whose
voices we will now only hear in echoes of dreams and brief moments as
we await their arrival home.
It is time now to grieve, and perhaps only to weep. It is time to mourn the great loss that has taken place here; to gather in prayer with the families and with the souls of the righteous
innocents. We do this so they and those left behind know they are not alone
in their sorrow. So that they will understand that the whole creation mourns with them.
This evil will not stand. It will be overturned and redeemed by their
loss. Someday we will understand. Today and tonight and the next time out of time I sit with all
of you who have lost a child a mother a sister an aunt a brother. I sit like the old Irish and keen the night away.
And remember the old hymn: Into Paradise May the Angels lead you, at your coming may
the martyrs receive you, and bring you into the Holy City the New