Inspiring Generosity


Generosity in the Face of Grief - Again

No. No. No.
No one should have had a restful night’s sleep last night.
Merely a week after a mass shooting at a grocery store and a shooting at a church, another sanctuary of sorts – a classroom – has been struck by the carnage of gun violence. Nineteen children and two adults murdered in the small town of Uvalde, Texas.
Nearly ten years ago, I found myself writing about the massacre at Sandy Hook. How do you find generosity, even in the face of grief?
Today, I feel less hopeful than I did back then.
I’m heartbroken and angry. Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors NBA coach – whose father was shot to death in Lebanon in 1986 – said it all.

“When are we going to do something?”
Kerr went on to say,
“I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough. There’s 50 senators, right now, who refuse to vote on H.R. 8, which is a background check rule that the House passed [last year]. ... There’s a reason they won’t vote on it: to hold on to power.
Pray for Uvalde. Pray for Buffalo. Pray for Laguna Woods.
But act too.
In 2012, I wrote this about the Newtown shooting (links are updated):
In the wake of Newtown, we can become paralyzed by grief, or we can act. 

Empower yourselves to react in hope, even when you feel hopeless.
Friends, I admit that I feel hopeless today. I fear that our love for guns overpowers our love for neighbor.
So, I lament with U2’s mournful song based on Psalm 40:
I will sing, sing a new song.
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long will we need to sing songs of lamentation? How long, Lord?
And yet (sigh), as a person who believes that we are called to move beyond hopelessness, to act with conviction, I will also sing this song in the face of despair:
When I wake up in the morning
gonna walk in love
when the evening sun is falling
gonna walk in love
through the troubles of the day
gonna walk in love
or whatever comes my way
gonna walk in love

Brother or sister
let us walk in love
gonna walk in love
Singing hallelujah, we shall overcome
gonna walk in love

Pray for Uvalde. Pray for Buffalo. Pray for Laguna Woods.
But act too.
And what might be hardest of all today and in the next few weeks, walk in love.
Let’s do this together.

Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. For 25 years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she has helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. For a little self-care she recommends that you watch these puppies howling. You can reach Cesie at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity or at CesieScheuermann.com.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.