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Here is the write up from the June 16 Direct From Dave incase you missed it.

 

As you read this I will be in Orlando at our Florida Annual Conference. This is the first year we have had the Conference in Orlando. And to think that just a few days ago the tragic mass killing took place in that very city. When I awoke on Sunday morning before heading to church the news was reporting there were 2 dead; I did not know until after church that the fatalities would be 50---the most in United States History. I embrace the verse from Romans 12:15, "...weep with those who weep." My heart breaks over the senseless killing and the loss of life. What is happening to our world? Dr. Bob Bushong, who is the District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church in the East Central District (which includes Orlando), had this to say on a Facebook post Sunday evening. "I have begun to read various posts on Facebook related to what happened here in Orlando early this morning. I guess it shouldn't, but it has surprised me how quick some people are to use this tragedy as a way to jump to their pet political perspective, using it as a jumping off point for hostile expressions and finger pointing. Just for a little while, can't this be about the people who are in unspeakable pain as a result of what happened, and that's all? Just for a little while, can't we all unite with broken hearts for them, and that's all? Just for a little while, can't we allow ourselves to feel with them and to pray for them? Just for a little while?" And I say "Amen! And Amen!" No one should have had to experience this type of grief. From family members, friends, and first responders; this killing to me is so senseless. Jesus says this: John 13:34: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." Notice there are not conditions on those we are to love. Jesus said love one another. Would this not mean even those with differing opinions, those with differing lifestyles, those with different views? O Lord have mercy. Hear our prayer, help us to love. Our Florida Resident Bishop, Ken Carter made this published statement: "May you announce God's unconditional love for all people and God's desire for nonviolence through Jesus Christ, who is our peace. "And as United Methodists from across Florida travel to Orlando for annual conference this week, I hope we can discover creative, pastoral and grace-filled ways to bear witness to all - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons - that together we are God's beloved children. With thousands of us gathered in Orlando this week, what if God is calling us to be a part of the healing? "As we gather for annual conference, I know that we will offer an expression of peace, healing and solidarity with the Orlando community." And again I say "Amen and Amen!" And yet another scriptural reminder: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:11 As we weep, as we pray, as we unite, as we love---may we do so as Christ did. I, along with you, have a heavy heart. See you Sunday, Pastor Dave


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