Holy Ground

I listened to the ecumenical prayer service that took place in Newtown, Connecticut last night. I was so touched by the prayers and comments offered by the various religious leaders, Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i and Christian. Each offered readings from his or her own scriptures. The experience of grief is universal, but the grief felt by the loss of children runs so deep that trying to reach it is like using a kitchen fork to dig a well. But the attempts were noble and spoken with love and compassion. It was this nobility that I heard. I think all understood that their efforts were inadequate, that these were wounds that only God can heal.

This ground we walk on right now is holy ground. We all know of our inadequacy. But we offer our best and our best might be simply silence.