Daily Archives: June 17, 2015

Prayers for the Charleston congregation. Nine shot dead at Emmanuel AME Church




A house of worship should be a safe place, a haven, a sanctuary. Tonight, a white gunman went into an African-American church service and began shooting. Nine people are dead; no word yet on how many more might be injured.

Natural disasters–earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tornados–are bad enough.  We have no control over such tragic events. But when a person makes a decision to take innocent lives in this manner, I cannot wrap my head around it.  What sort of hatred must you carry in your heart to do this?

Have we come no further than this over the last 50 years?