Turn my mourning into dancing

You turn my mourning into dancing

You undid my sackcloth and girded me with joy,

that [my] whole being might sing hymns to you endlessly;

O Adonai my God, I will praise You forever.

Psalm 31:12-13

I am so sad. The massacre at Pulse is devastating. 49 innocent LGBT people lost their lives dancing.

I am so sad. An attack on the Los Angeles Pride parade was thwarted, thank God, when police stopped a vehicle with guns, ammunition, and chemicals to make an improvised explosive device.

I am so sad. Orlando hospitals overwhelmed with injuries after the shooting at Pulse. At least 40 remain in hospitals, some having more than one surgery.

We remember;

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

 

I am not yet ready to dance, the tears well to quickly in my eyes.

But soon it will be time. To dance, to organize, to advocate, to sing.

May the souls of those that died be at peace. Their memories will forever be a blessing, because our mourning will turn into dancing.

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About rabbisteinman

I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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3 Responses to Turn my mourning into dancing

  1. Lydia C. Steinman says:

    What a beautiful sentiment. You expressed your feelings brilliantly.

    Love, Aunt Lyd

  2. David Silber says:

    Ellie:

    Good to read your written words.

    Where are you a rabbi these days? How’s your Dad?

    Please say hello to him and your sister?

    David Silber

    On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:59 AM, Rabbi Eleanor Steinman wrote:

    > rabbisteinman posted: “You turn my mourning into dancing You undid my > sackcloth and girded me with joy, that [my] whole being might sing hymns to > you endlessly; O Adonai my God, I will praise You forever. Psalm 31:12-13 I > am so sad. The massacre at Pulse is devasta” >

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