From BC Conference Executive President, Karen Medland
October 22, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The shootings on Parliament Hill on October 22 have left many of us fearful and in shock. It does not seem possible that such things could happen here in Canada, a place where we have predominantly experienced peace and safety.
We pray for all those who are grieving for the loss of a loved one, friend, colleague, and give thanks for those who are willing to put themselves in places of danger so that we may be safe.
This week's text from Matthew 22: 34-46 will be hard for many of us to preach on as we gather with our communities of faith on Sunday since it stands in stark contrast to the violence we witnessed in these events.
God of all mercy and compassion, help us to find the strength to be peacemakers and peacekeepers, to remember those who grieve and suffer because of the violence of others, and give us courage to seek love. Lead us not into the temptation of retribution and deliver us from evil. Through the love of Christ let your kingdom of peace reign now and forever. Amen.
Rev. Karen Medland
karenmedland [at] telus [dot] net
tel: 250 762 3311 ext. 104