"Be messengers of peace’ - Bishop Trimble


November 17, 2015

“This is an occasion where all Christians, all of humanity should cry out and weep,” said Bishop Julius C. Trimble, speaking about the tragedy that occurred in Paris on Friday, November 13.  “This is not just a tragedy for the country of France, or the city of Paris,” he added.  Indeed, “it’s a tragedy for the whole human family.”
 
Bishop Trimble called on Iowa United Methodists “in all our local churches and communities…[to] always carve out time to remember that we’re part of a much bigger world where there’s suffering and hurt all around us.”
 
In prayer, he encourages people “to be messengers of peace, messengers of love.”
 
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Full text of Bishop Trimble’s statement
“This is an occasion where all Christians, all of humanity should cry out and weep, as I’m sure Jesus weeps for those who’ve lost lives and those who’ve been impacted.  This is not just a tragedy for the country of France, or the city of Paris…it’s a tragedy for the whole human family.  We pray for those who are still alive and have been critically wounded.  We pray for those who lost their lives.  We pray that we would remember that we are to be messengers of peace, messengers of love.  The only thing that can stamp out hatred, as Dr. King said, is love.  The only thing that can defeat darkness is light.  Those of us of the Iowa Annual Conference, as busy as we may find ourselves, in all our local churches and communities, we must always carve out time to remember that we’re part of a much bigger world where there’s suffering and hurt all around us.”