To a Place of Celebration
words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
(In response to the tragedy in Orlando)
To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation one man’s efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, “What can we do?”
Now, we’re feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!
Give us love to change our vision; give us love to cast out fear.
Give us love to speak with wisdom; Love to work for justice here.
Give us love to welcome difference; love no hatred can destroy.
Only love can stop the violence; only love will bring back joy.