A reflection from Bishop Tony Burton


Dear Parish Family,

I woke up in Nova Scotia this morning to the horrifying news out of Dallas. The murder and injury of so many police officers near our church last night has left us heartbroken.

We have been praying today for those lost, for their families and loved ones, for the survival and healing of the wounded, for those who are in grave anxiety, and especially for the children of the victims.

We are sharply reminded how much we owe our police, and of the quiet daily heroism and dignity of their office and vocation. Those who work on the front lines show up each day knowing that they may be called to lay down their lives for us.

This has been a year of violence, and we find ourselves questioning the shifting ground of our common life.

I know many of you are reflecting today on the kind of country we wish the United States to be, about how diversity might no longer mean division, and how to live more gently and respectfully together as we seek to be united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of justice and love.

A better country is the fruit of a better people. Today we seek both consolation for the bereaved, and, for ourselves, Christ’s face in the transforming life of prayer.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

In Christ,

Bishop Anthony Burton
Anthony J. Burton
The Church of the Incarnation
Dallas, Texas

Additional Reflections from our Leadership:

» Homily from today’s Requiem Eucharist
» A Word from our Bishop 

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