From Darkness to Light

My table tonight is set with sadness, sadness for the wounded community of Tucson, for the hole that is in the heart of Americans.

On the table will be cups filled with compassion,

glasses filled with loving kindness,

plates of tolerance and respect,

a candle that will turn darkness into light.

I invite all of you to come for a taste in the hope that we can live together better.

20 thoughts on “From Darkness to Light

  1. hope things like this never happen again.

  2. Thank you for providing us with a table to meet at and giving us an example of what light can do in the darkness. Praying with you and everyone else.

    1. Together we can make a difference in the world.

  3. I think the Sheriff who made his inflammatory comments at the onset started the debate. He, of course, is entitled to his opinion, but NOT while acting as Sheriff. Very unprofessional, and as it unravels he was very wrong.I see retirement in his near future!
    It is such a shame the warning signs weren’t enough to prevent this horrible incident.
    I am praying for comfort for those involved.

  4. This is a wonderful blog. We can only hope we can start to be kinder and gentler to each other, while our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those struggling to recover.

    What a thoughtful and appropriate post this is. Thank you!


  5. Beautiful, Linda.

  6. I think tolerance, respect, kindness & compassion should always be at our table & it’s wonderful you have set it inviting us for a taste of hope. However, I agree with Kathleen and would hope that we don’t turn an unstable person’s act into a political debate.
    “You cannot outsmart crazy. You don’t know what a trouble mind will get caught on.” -Jon Stewart

  7. This is a very beautiful gesture, setting and dream.
    I am accepting the invitation to feast on hope, love and respect.

  8. A beautiful tribute. Praying for all.

  9. I’m happy to partake of that feast with you, and I will bring dessert… a pie plate of prayer.



    1. Thank you, Sheila. That will be the perfect dessert.

  10. I’m definitely joining you in a cup of sadness that one person can alter so many others lives. They are all in my prayers.

  11. Billie Keirstead January 13, 2011 — 9:14 am

    Beautifully spoken. You are an inspiration.

  12. A heartfelt tribute, what a beautiful way to express yourself.
    Love the symbolism of the clear, fragile glass,(our hearts),the colorful flower,(our hopes) the single candle burning,(our love).

    1. And I love that you made my thoughts more clear.

  13. I love the scripture references to light overcoming darkness…if we’ll only tap into that access. Thank you for honoring Tucson in such a lovely way. My heart hurts. Cherry Kay

  14. I join you at your table and pray that people stop trying to turn this into a political battle rather than seeing it as the act of a sick person. The people who lost love ones deserve sympathy and our prayers, not politics. As a teacher it reminds me of the times we alerted the powers that be of concerns over a student’s mental health. There were warning signs here.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, but somehow so much of what happens in our country becomes political. How can we change that?

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