The El Paso Mountain Star is lit tonight to mark 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States (2.05 million worldwide). Tonight, our community holds them and their loved ones in our hearts–we hold space in their grieving. Along with these, our prayer encircles the 23 innocent people who were murdered at the hands of a radicalized, white nationalist in August of 2019 in east El Paso. Our prayer surrounds those they left behind. Lord, let your Spirit breathe songs of lament and loss through us on behalf of our dead and their bereaved. Let these songs take flight and become a healing salve throughout our world, our nation, our community, and our families this evening and the coming days.
"The Ruined" are those countless ones throughout the ages who have encountered the presence of the living God to such an extent that they are "ruined" for the things of this world. They can never return for any extended time to what was formerly known as "normal life." They are burned with a vision of the beauty of God in the face of Christ-- and they seek this in everyone and everything they meet.