All over our nation there are blogs being written, Twitter feeds buzzing, and Facebook pictures describing the shooting of 9 African-American men and women who were attending a Bible study last week. The hatred of one young man, who believed that this would ignite a racial war, gave way to  an igniting of love displayed in our community of Charleston, South Carolina. Last Sunday I participated in an event where over 20,000 people walked over the Ravenel Bridge together as a demonstration of love and support for the families affected by this tragedy. We sang Amazing Grace, we spoke of the brokenness we all felt and our determination to turn this around for good. We all recognized that this was a God moment– a reversal of evil stamped out by love. Jesus taught us to love. His Word teaches that love covers a multitude of sins. He demonstrated radical love as He made His way to the cross and finally as He gave His life for the love of humanity.

Together…

United…

If for one brief evening we joined in unity recognizing that our differences do not define us. What defines a community transformed by love is demonstration of love. Below are some pictures taken on that historic night by my husband. Love had its way.

Unity Walk Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk
Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk
Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk
Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk
Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk Photo by Blount Ellison

Unity Walk
Photo by Blount Ellison

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

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