A Prayer for Consolation in the Midst of Such Pain

(Letter I sent to local interfaith partners)

Dear Friends,

I want to extend my condolences to our community, especially, those from our local AME churches during this tragic time. I know that talking about Gun Violence  and policies can be quite controversial, however, right now, political differences aside. innocent lives were lost last night in a house of worship. This is the greatest fear of all of us – someone entering into our sacred space with the intention to hurt and kill.

May the families of those killed be comforted among all the mourners and in the arms of those who care for them. May the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina be strengthened with the knowledge that there are so many praying for healing within their community. May all communities and all of us open our eyes, recognizing that hatred between races and faiths exist and it is our sacred duty to bring awareness and an end to such senseless acts as last night’s.

May God bless all those in pain and all those who seek to heal.
L’Shalom,
Rabbi Heidi Cohen

You can send a message to the families of Emanuel AME, Charleston, South Carolina.