I had intended today’s post to be about my second “yes.” And then I heard the news about London.
I have been to London. I’ve been to Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Tower Bridge. I’ve ridden the London Eye. I’ve been to London Bridge. I’ve been to Borough Market. I feel this loss, this horror, this trauma.
How do we handle events like this in the spirit of that MLK quote at the top of my page? We mourn. We mourn for those lost and grieve with their loved ones. We support those who were injured and send prayers for all concerned.
But then what? How do we handle the anger and the fear that naturally follow the sorrow? How do we stay focused on that light when our natural inclination may be to demand retribution, when we are so swamped by fear that we want to sacrifice freedoms to increase our illusion of safety?
The same happened after 9/11 on an even larger scale. We panicked. Laws changed. But at what price? Freedoms were lost. Racial profiling became the new norm.
But do we feel safer? Or does all the increased security only serve to remind us of why we need it? That we are not safe?
I don’t mean to imply that there is no value in increased security. I simply want to draw attention to the need to take a moment, take a breath, before we respond with anger and fear. Let us remember that these attacks come from that same energy. In order to drive out that hate, we must find a way to respond with love. In order to drive out that darkness, we must find a way to respond with light.
And so, I hope you’ll join me in sending pure love and prayers to the people and the government of London and the UK. And I hope you’ll join me in sending pure love to those responsible, as well. Let pure light and pure love heal all the wounds that create the need and the desire to commit atrocities like this. Let them find that seed of love in their hearts and let it grow to compassion and understanding for their fellow man. Let all the people of the world be healed and made whole by the love and the light. Let the world be healed.
Dear God, let it be so. Amen.