If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18 NRSV
Violence and murder have become so common place that we look at many headlines as ordinary everyday occurrences. We are numbed to the reality of the violence around us. Yet there was one headline that did catch our attention:
|9 DEAD IN SHOOTING AT BLACK CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, S.C.|
The place we thought safe – the church – was violated. Three pastors, a pastor's wife, a librarian, a recent college graduate, a mother of four, a grandmother and her 87 year old cousin – all dead because of a single act of violence.