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Let the dead bury the dead, you tell us. Today, I tell you, “No.”  We will pause from the work and the journey to mourn. We will pause from pointing the way to reach out as far as we can, to wrap the farthest reaches of our love around broken hearts and hurting souls. We will linger to wipe the tears, and stroke the heads that have fallen, exhausted, into our laps. We will pause, and weep, and bellow from the throbbing ache of our gut because we are past saying, “Enough!” Today we are resting in your promise of salvation and the armchair of your mercy.  Today we are letting go of the weight and the burden to grieve. There is so much to grieve. So much.

Today we will bury and honor the many dead. We will tend to the tattered remnants and patch ourselves up for the next round. Today we will rest. Today we will love. Today we will pause and be restored. Tomorrow will be here soon enough.

Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence. 

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