Like many people, I'm sitting here watching the news of the tragedy in Arizona. I grieve for the families, and I grieve for our country. We have lost something very precious. There are many who have lost the ability to see those with different perspectives as fellow patriots who love this country as much we do. There are those who have lost the ability to listen to those with different perspectives and show them respect.
I fear that the backlash from the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords will be increased security around all government officials, which will mean they are further removed from conversations with the people they are supposed to represent. The finger pointing has already begun, and all that will do is deepen the divides between us. I hope that this will be seen as a wake up call that will result in people slowing down and toning down the rhetoric. We need to rediscover what it means to have a civil discourse and work together for the common good.
End of sermon.