offering of love,
sign of affection,
comfort and healing,
The touch of lips in closeness and vulnerability.
When a kiss is abused,
When love is met by violence,
the world weeps
and we look for rainbows.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other. (Psalm 84:10)
Parent of all,
No-one is nameless before you.
We name before you now;
The LGBTQI community who have been devastated by the horror in Orlando,
Each person who died, was injured or has been bereaved,
Their names are written on the palm of your hand.
We name them and we pray for them.
And, lest we forget or ignore it,
We name the hatred and homophobia that destroys life.
We name it and we stand against it
Because you offer fullness of life
and we are your rainbow people.
We name these and pray for justice and peace.
Good Shepherd, you know your sheep by name
As we walk through the darkest valley,
We trust in you.
©Ruth M Gee (June 2016)
Written in response to the killing of members of the LGBTI community in Orlando on June 12th 2016