We feel helpless to respond meaningfully to the tragedy in Orlando. What to do? What to say?
I went to a vigil this evening on the Dartmouth Green and was reminded that people of faith have a long history of lamenting.
Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to. There’s nothing I can fix in Orlando. As the Dartmouth chaplain, Nancy Vogele, said, “We are without platitudes.”
This was not a time for political rhetoric. It was a time of grief. A Muslim student read from the Quran, “We are all created from one soul,” then prayed for the victims and families of victims. Another person reminded us that “Loud tragedy symbolizes thousands of silent tragedies,” testifying to the pain of men and women who have been shunned or marginalized because of their faith or their sexual orientation or because of their skin color or their accent or whether or not they are handicapped.
“How long, O Lord?”