Driving Out Darkness

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Murshed Zaheed, from CREDO Action <act@credoaction.com> just wrote CREDO members and said:

“We are simply reeling.

The killings by police this week of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the mass shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers, shine a harsh light on the way that white supremacy, systemic racism, and a culture of gun ownership driven by fear and hate puts the lives of far too many Americans, especially Black Americans, at risk.

There is much to be said in the wake of these tragedies: That Black Lives Matter. That the fight for justice has too often been littered with unnecessary violence. That too many are living in fear.

We have much work to do. At the end of a week where the world feels dark, we are thinking of the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is love that calls us to resist hate, racism, and violence. It is love that calls us to imagine a better world, and to fight for it. It is only love that can drive out hate.”

Murshed asked that we send out this message/picture through Facebook and Twitter.  It is a message I also believe in. Since I don’t participate in Facebook, I am choosing to post it here.

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Survivor’s Guilt

As a psychotherapist, I often encounter clients who feel guilty for surviving abuse or other tragedies.  On the news this morning, I heard Patience Carter, a 20 year old who survived the Orlando massacre, read her poem “The Guilt of Being Alive is Heavy.” I will say no more. I believe her words eloquently reflect a message that is important for us to hear. My heart goes out to her and to survivors everywhere.

Light Amidst the Tragedy

Right now there are wildfires burning all over the west coast of the U.S.  In Washington State, 100 fires cover 390,000 acres.  Two days ago, near Twisp WA, a fire overtook a vehicle carrying seven firefighters, killing three of them and wounding four others.

While the tragedy related to these fires is far from over, I was so moved when I saw this sign on a King 5 TV news report last night.  The sign was left by a family who lives near Twisp.

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Photo credit @King5Seattle and Scoopnest