A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

May 24, 2022

“How long, O Lord, how long?” 

Once again we grieve the senseless loss of life from violence. At present, we've learned 18 children and one teacher lost their lives when a gunman entered an elementary school in Texas and opened fire. 

As our hearts are broken, we can hardly imagine the overwhelming pain of those families whose children went to school on an ordinary May morning, and who now would never come home. 

We have seen this violence too often. 
We have cried for loves that would never be fulfilled. 
We have watched the grief of those families whose lives were forever changed by those bullets. 
We have offered our “thoughts and prayers”  ...
     Again ... and again ... and again. 

In the words of the Psalmist: “How long, O Lord! How long?”

Let us do more than shed our tears and offer our prayers. 
Let us work diligently to stop this senseless violence. 
Let us work to alleviate the deeper causes of this violence. 
Let us enact sensible laws that might have stopped this tragedy. 

And let us always and everywhere be agents of peace. 

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belong the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Interim Bishop Deborah Kiesey