Love is stronger than hate

Sarah Hills, Vicar of Holy Island and Canon Emeritus for Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral, has written 'A Special Thought for the Day and Every Day. A Thought for our times and all the time. A Thought in Tribute to George Floyd.'

She begins:

'I have been feeling, like very many of us over the last week, angry, sad, bewildered. George Floyd in Minneapolis died being held down, kneeled on, struggling for breath. Touch comes in different forms. George died from a touch that killed him. That touch was sustained, unwarranted, brutal and deadly. That touch of a policeman’s body was seen by those around them in the street that day. It was seen by millions on TV. And that touch has come to symbolise much that is wrong in our world. Hate, racism, division, arrogance, even evil. And then Donald Trump touches the bible in front of an Episcopal church. Another touch – calculated, shocking, sinister. The bible is a book about love. The gospel message found within it is one of inclusion, not division. Of love triumphing over death. Of righteous anger, forgiveness and justice. Of diversity and welcome and healing. Of reconciliation. But these are not only words. These cannot only be words. The bible embodies these words in the touch of Jesus Christ. His touch of love for us. And he let us touch him - his cloak, his side, his hands and feet.'

Read the full reflection at https://www.coventry.anglican.org/news/loveisstrongerthanhate.php?fbclid=IwAR2KuzHoGnuNMQsGojVy1lJwQ6E5YoNPM1EdsT3iaURp-ivBD5cbQ7el_TI