My fellow parishioners,
I ask you to join with me in prayer for all of our brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith at this most difficult time. We pray especially for those who have lost their lives and suffered injuries in the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray to our loving God for the eternal respose of these dear souls, for the comfort of their families and friends, for healing for the injured and for God’s peace and hope to triumph in the rebuilding of this community.
We also pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters just down Roswell Road in Congregation Etz Chaim, which means tree of life. We have a special bond, solidified by years of shared activities, study and prayer. We stand with them against all forms and faces of anti-Semitism and join them in prayer for strength, hope, courage and healing, and for an end to all violent acts and words fueled by hate.
If prayers and thoughts aren’t enough, consider joining me at Etz Chaim in support of our friends. On Friday, November 2, there will be 11 chairs outside the synagogue to represent the Tree of Life victims. All are invited to stop by and offer expressions of sympathy, love and support. Suggestions include stones (a Jewish faith tradition), flowers and notes. Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 1190 Indian Hills Parkway.
We cannot pray, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,” without being willing to do all we can to make our lives, actions and attitudes be those instruments. May we commit ourselves to being active peacemakers, working to stop hate and foster respect for all life.