Mid-Week Inspiration

There is definitely hatred in the world. But, at the end of the day, I believe there is far more love. Here is your mid-week inspiration, complete with an extra dose of hope.

The shootings in Orlando were terrible. But the response to them has been heartening and hopeful. Tragedy always offer the opportunity to remember and express our unity and our connection. They are an opportunity to make public our deep love for the world, which we often keep so hidden.

Like the many Muslims who donated blood, even though they were fasting:


Or the 200 Muslims from NYC who gathered to break their fast and offered their prayers to those in Orlando:


Or the Lt. Govenor of Utah, a white male Republican who moved beyond his own homophobia and became an ally for the LGBTQ community. It is definitely worth listening to his speech the plea for more kindness and connection. It is a powerful testimony to the possibility of hearts and minds to change, and for us to reach for the bridge of connection across the rivers of our difference:


Or the wonderful angels of several Orlando theater groups, who blocked hateful anti-gay picketers at the funerals of shooting victims:

A group of staff and volunteers from Orlando Shakespeare Theater as well as the Orlando arts community work together to build "Angel Wings" to block Westboro Baptist Church members protesting the funerals of the Orlando shooting victims. When finished, they will look like this. Pictured: Mourners dressed as angels stand across the street from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church where the funeral service for US District Court Judge John Roll is being held on January 14, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. 

Photo credit: SF Gate

Or, the estimated 50,000 people that attended the vigil in Orlando:

Image: Orlando vigil

There is definitely hatred in the world. But, at the end of the day, I believe there is so much more love.

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