Previously when composing a FF in the wake of a disaster or outrage there has been a tendency to try to find something uplifting, or light, or amusing to break the mood.

But this week, I am struggling to do this; so many of my friends have been directly affected; some have decided to leave social media behind for a while; others have felt forced to remove and block; others have written with great passion and sensitivity; others still have simply posted that they have no words. I was (almost) one of those, in that I have no words, but did not even want to tell the world that I had no words.

On Monday my prayer echoed words spoken by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Love is, love is, love is…. LOVE” and also those spoken by Martin Luther King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness”

Other quotes which have come to mind, and brought a little (a very little) comfort or insight included, the serenity prayer by Reinhold Neibhur; and our own Martha Spong, who wrote “When you read an op-ed or blog post about the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, on Latin Night, during Pride, and the prayer or post or essay fails to mention LGBTQ people or People of Color, please don’t share it. I implore you: do not erase the people who lost their lives.”

And I feared that by not being explicit enough I had done exactly that in my Monday prayer…

So for today, let our Friday Five, echo love and inform and encourage each other.

What five quotes, or memes, or friend’s posts, or actions by others have helped, informed, encouraged, or comforted you this week?

This terrible, awe-ful, week that has impacted more on the LGBT community than any other

serenity prayer

Julie Woods is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl , writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit
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7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Love is love is love

  1. Friday devotions: Things that have helped:
    1. Being at a place of study –retreat– which allows me to process pain. This is both helpful and problematic as I was on planned leave from the community I serve, but also helpful because this has been a difficult and complicated week for many personal/historic reasons…so I am grateful to go off and pray by myself with others.
    2. Being in community with others.
    3. Attending a healing eucharist at a local Episcopal church– where I am visiting– which was invitational to all and experiencing laying on of hands, which is something I had trouble asking for.
    4. Sprawling out on God’s green grass and feeling the sun (grounding exercise)
    5. Hearing back from other friends of LGBTQ community…solidarity and virtual safe spaces which have not been upper rooms, but Emmaus roads….LGBT community resources and plans to gather privately as possible when I return…

    P.S. Your Monday prayer was lovely. Thank you.

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  2. Friday devotions: Things that have helped:
    1. Being at a place of study –retreat– which allows me to process pain. This is both helpful and problematic as I was on planned leave from the community I serve, but also helpful because this has been a difficult and complicated week for many personal/historic reasons…so I am grateful to go off and pray by myself with others.
    2. Being in community with others.
    3. Attending a healing eucharist at a local Episcopal church– where I am visiting– which was invitational to all and experiencing laying on of hands, which is something I had trouble asking for.
    4. Sprawling out on God’s green grass and feeling the sun (grounding exercise)
    5. Hearing back from other friends in LGBTQ community…solidarity and virtual safe spaces which have not been upper rooms, but Emmaus roads….LGBT community resources and plans to gather privately as possible when I return…

    P.S. Your Monday prayer was lovely. Thank you.

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  3. Love is…getting to know Angel Candelario thru my daughter who had worked with him❤️
    Love is…rembering him by name❤️
    Love is…the joy of young kids this week at VBS!❤️
    Love is…hearing from an old seminary classmate this week!❤️
    Love is…preparing to preach on the “still small silence”, and the action that came after ❤️

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  4. One thing that helped me this week was the response of children from our congregation. One sent me a link to this video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDgZuGIhHs ) and another shared her drawing with me, which included a pride flag, and people praying. I don’t see a way to share the picture with you here but here are her words describing her picture: “At the bottom of my picture are people who are different from each other on their knees praying for things to get better in Orlando and all over the world with equality and acceptance for everyone. At the top there are people happy with the pride flag and people accepting each other for how they are. Last there are circles with different forms of hurting people and they are crossed out. The forms are a knife, a gun, a bomb, and a speech bubble. The circles are to represent 2 males or 2 females.”

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