May There Be Peace

I just finished writing a note of condolence to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), on the occasion of the senseless death of 17 year old Nabra Hassanen. Miss Hassanen was killed last weekend while walking from her mosque in Sterling to breakfast.  The cause of death now is considered road rage rather than an official hate crime, but that may change.  But isn't road rage committed as an act of hatred?  The facts of the matter make it difficult for me to believe that road rage could lead to such brutality.

May "the peace that passes understanding" bring comfort to her family and spiritual community, and may we all commit to creating and maintaining safe and inclusive communities.

The facts (real or alternative) that bombard us daily can seem overwhelming.  Some days, I confess, I have to turn off social media and take my daily newspaper from the front door directly to the recycle bin without reading it.  I do these simple things as acts of compassion for myself.  You may want to do the same.  The world will continue to spin even if I don't have the up-to-the minute latest headlines staring me in the face.  And I will have bought myself a few minutes of peace.

Speaking of peace, there are other ways to remain centered in challenging times; meditation, prayer, exercise, journaling, singing, dancing, walking in woods, hugging a tree, petting a dog or cat, bicycling... so, if you're feeling out of sorts, then try one - or more! - of these.  You'll be grateful you did!

Peace be with you and namaste,

Rev. Russ