On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, United States, killing nineteen students and two teachers, and wounding seventeen people. Just a week prior, on May 14, 10 people were killed and three were injured in a racially motivated attack at a Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo.
And so we pray this news . . .
May you feel support encircle you as you grieve, may you feel solidarity surround you as your shock gives way to fear and anger, may we finally pay attention to how our idolatry is slaughtering us, how rampant guns and hate combine to kill us all, and may we demand another way, a path that is possible if those in power will do more than just think and pray.