Peace Post: Shalom, Tree of Life October 31, 2018 / laura bruno lilly / 16 Comments Share this:TwitterFacebookTelegramEmailLike this:Like Loading... Agrodolce Vita, Giving Voice, Social Commentary clementa pinckneyeveryday Americanslife & death realitiesPeace Postsenseless shootingsstar of david Previous post Giving Voice: Spirit of God Next post Favorite Holiday? 16 Comments Andy November 4, 2018 at 3:39 pm It’s the utter senselessness of it all. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm 🙁 Loading... Reply Jane Chesebrough November 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm The scripture from the book of Numbers is one of my favourites. I felt appreciation as I read the article on the meaning of Shalom. My prayers have been for understanding and tolerance, and comfort. I know people like to blame religion but I think all the strife has to do with greed, fear, needing to be right and the lower aspects of human nature. We can all do better. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 4, 2018 at 7:17 am Yes, indeed, I do agree with you, Jane. Loading... Reply Cathy November 1, 2018 at 12:50 am Thank you Laura .We are praying for the peace of Jerusalem for every country in the world. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 1, 2018 at 7:30 am Amen – Selah – Shalom Aleichem Loading... Reply Marty October 31, 2018 at 1:31 pm Perfect and succinct. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) October 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm Thank-you, Marty. Loading... Reply Susan Ranscht October 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm Frightened, angry people who feel threatened by people who are “Not Like Me” have probably always been part of every diverse group of human beings. I suspect they usually keep to themselves, maybe expressing their bigotry or racism or misogyny or any type of intolerance vocally among eye-rolling family or small groups of like-minded friends. But I think they take this kind of violent action only when their opinions are reinforced through Authority’s bullhorn. That bullhorn might be wielded by an organization or a single leader, but wherever that encouragement comes from, it must stop. We have to stand up against it. Our best tool today is our vote. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) October 31, 2018 at 5:25 pm Thanks for commenting Sue. Even though I often feel so useless in being an agent for change during these events – I am but one voice – there are indeed many ways to stand up against this madness – here in the ‘free world’ our vote is one of many tools in the toolbox, for sure. I was reminded at Marty’s blog https://snakesinthegrassblog.com/2018/10/31/st-augustine-vigil-for-victims-of-pittsburgh-shootings/ about the Jewish tradition of doing a Mitzvah…to counterbalance the darkness in this world…that is another tool in the toolbox. Loading... Reply Jill Weatherholt October 31, 2018 at 11:34 am I can’t even begin to understand something as tragic as this, Laura. Praying for peace. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) October 31, 2018 at 5:16 pm I remember being shocked at the Charleston Emmanuel AME Church shootings because the shooter just walked in on a bible study, the people welcomed him in and then he began the shooting. And it was in the same state we live in and that racism is so overtly rampant in our ‘free world’ society. Here, worshipers being slaughtered in their own synagogue – the same issues with safety, but again, also, witness to the rise/resurrection of overt anti-semitism in this our ‘free world’ society. 🙁 Loading... Reply Roseanne October 31, 2018 at 8:56 am Hi Laura! So appropriate. How does this hate still exist over religion after all this time? Have all those deaths and wars been for naught? Who even cares if you believe in God or some other deity or none at all? How does what someone else believes impact you. I just don’t get it. It puzzles me and makes me heart hurt for all those impacted. It also makes me pity those with small minds and closed hearts. Maybe we can teach our children that being different is okay. Maybe. I have to hold on to that hope. Happy Halloween! ~smile~ Roseanne Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) October 31, 2018 at 11:12 am Thank you for such a (he)artfelt comment, Roseanne. On a lighter note, I noticed your reference to Halloween – while not my favorite ‘holiday’, the dressing-up-as-?-slice of it does seem to epitomize the concept of ‘being different’ and yet accepted. peace Loading... Reply L. Marie October 31, 2018 at 8:41 am Well put, Laura. Definitely praying for peace for that congregation and for us all. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) October 31, 2018 at 11:07 am Selah Loading... Reply Looking forward to hearing from you! Comments are heartily welcome, but all are moderated so won't automatically show after you press 'post comment'. Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.