In light of current events, I would like to share with the community and friends abroad that there is no challenge that we cannot face together. Mineola has always been a place that has had the capacity to take tragic situations and overcome them through faith, fellowship, and a heart to heal. It is in times like these that we embrace our faith and endeavor to grow to new heights through unity and peace. Negative words and actions expressed through social media or other during emotional times are never a wise solution. To escalate an already tragic situation through negativity is just as tragic as the act itself and will only lead to more pain.
No one can undo what has already been done, but we do have the ability through Christ not to allow what has been done to undo us. We must continue to do what we do best and that is to stand together and stand in faith. We must believe that there is a divine plan and a purpose for everything. If you want to show your support, then pray for all the families and parties involved and leave any judgements up to God and the high court of heaven.
If any society is to progress, there will always be sacrifice. Don’t let this loss of life be sacrificed in vain. This situation does not speak to who we are as a community nor what we stand for in faith. Let’s show society how we turn tragedy into triumph. How we as a community will never allow the misguided actions of any to destroy the moral soul of many. This is our town, our city. When we grieve, we grieve together. When we cry, we cry together, and when we fight together, we fight together. So let’s fight the good fight of faith. Let’s show society that love conquers all and love can cover a multitude of faults.
Let’s begin the healing process through forgiveness. As residents of Mineola we will get through this heartfelt time and we will get through it together. Look past the naysayers and let’s continue to hold our ethics and dignity and fight a good fight of faith together, and with the Lord’s help, this too will pass. We will be stronger, wiser, and better, Thank you for your community support and may God richly bless and keep you is my prayer.
Demethruis T. Boyd
Demethruis Boyd is the pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.