September 7, 2022
As August draws to a close, we want to remember those members of our community who lost their lives by violence. This month we pray for three who died at the end of July along with 7 during August. We remember: July 28 - DANIEL THOMAS, 59, machete, Ridge Ave.; July 29, KYLE K. GILMORE, two-months-old, killed by his father, White Oak Dr.; July 30, MICHAEL AVERY, 42, stabbed to death in domestic violence, Rugby Rd.; JAIREMIAH GLENN, 17, accidental shooting, Yale Ave.; Aug. 13, GLENDA POPE, 65, stabbing; Wentworth Apartments; Aug. 14, SAMUEL G. OSBORN, 40, stabbing, Chelsea Ave.; Aug. 15, MARK DANLEY, 58, hit and run, Philadelphia Dr.; Aug. 18, CLINTON J. PIERCE, 44, shot, 400 block of Burkhardt Ave.; Aug. 21, ELIJAH STOLLINGS, 20, homicide, Shiloh Springs Rd.; Aug. 24, TERRANCE BASS, 28, hit and run, crossing Cornell Dr. at Fotip Ln. Each of these persons was loved by someone who now grieves their loss. Perpetrators must live knowing that they took the lives of another human being. The ripples of violence spread and our community is less because of it. Let us not become insensitive to the violence around us. PRAYER (Rev. Sylvia Moseley-Robinson) SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. REFLECTION: Writer, Anne Lamott “During your life, you will lose someone you can’t live without. And your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” God has given us permission to grieve with the promise of comfort. Our brothers and sisters in Dayton continue to dance with a limp and love with broken hearts as we grieve at the violent loss of lives in our communities. We love with broken hearts as we pray and work for a non-violent future for ourselves, our children and our generations. PRAYER: Healing God, we ask for your guidance as we encounter those who live among us and are grieving the tremendous loss of life that we are continuously experiencing. Please be with the families, mothers, fathers and children of the victims of violence. Please God, put others around them that will walk with them through this new reality as they grieve. We pray for the souls of the ones that committed these acts of violence as well as their families. We pray for our communities who will forever miss the lives that were taken from us and we thank you for your grace and your mercy. In Jesus name. Amen.