Story and photo by the Rev. Dr. Melanie Rosa
Superintendent, Mile High Pikes Peak District
Once again, the City of Colorado Springs was impacted by an act of senseless violence. On a chilling Black Friday, Nov. 27, three innocent people were gunned down at a Planned Parenthood office in a standoff that lasted five hours. Twelve others were injured. As I traveled around the city this weekend, I was comforted by the resilience and determination of this community.
Of course, our United Methodist churches were doing what they do best: offering sacred space for all, lifting up prayers and songs, lighting candles for the dead, taking offerings for their families, and remembering one who overcame the evil and darkness of this world. There were no easy answers, but a brokenhearted community found warmth and comfort in our churches.
Rev. Tiffany Keith (First UMC and The Edge Downtown) attended a community prayer vigil at All Souls Unitarian Universalist church on Saturday and reported: “At the end of an hour together, which included moments of anger and fear, calls to action, and hopes for a better tomorrow, we sang “Amazing Grace” and were reminded that it through it all is the grace of God. Those affected by this tragedy do not stand alone, we all stand with them.”
In times like these I am so thankful to be a part of a connected community that stands with all who suffer. May the child for whom we wait bring the healing and peace we so desperately need.
“Into this world, this demented Inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him, Christ comes uninvited.” - Thomas Merton