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The tragedy in Orlando has impacted our country five days before the first anniversary of the Charleston A.M.E. church massacre and two days before the celebration of Flag Day. Our country comes together when faced with such devastation. The divisiveness of political rhetoric is no longer the media focus or ours. We recognize that we are all Americans, proud of our heritage and freedom. We become united in our desire to do something in response to such evil. We pray for the victims’ families, for the survivors, for the first responders. There is a common desire to do something to show our outrage for the action and, in contrast, our love for one another. The lines of people volunteering to donate blood speak volumes. We are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that is the image we must reflect to the world and hold in our hearts.

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Our country is a melting pot! As U.S. citizens and patriots, we must remember the words of Mark 3:25 “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” This same concept is referenced in both Matthew 12:25 and Luke 11:17. Tragedy unites us once again. We must stand united, “one nation, under God”; otherwise we will fall!