in moments like this, we are reminded that the kingdom in which we are citizens is not protected by police, ruined by riots, or selling headlines for the media.
we are part of the kingdom of God.
it is a kingdom that is already/not yet;
a kingdom that is marked by love, not fear;
a kingdom that is coming to earth as it is in heaven.
it won't be legislated, enforced, or sold in stores.
but it is happening right now.
every time we choose to love our neighbor;
every time we put the "other" before ourselves;
every time we embrace someone with all their differences from us.
every time we demonstrate that every life matters, because we are all children of God.
let us live today - and everyday - in love and kindness, compassion and peace.