By Dr. Dave Holmes, M.D.
On Saturday, May 14th, a racist extremist entered Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, killing 10 people and injuring 3. Thoughts and feelings about the horrific tragedy that took place in Buffalo is hard to put in words.
Some doctors organized a prayer vigil on May 18th, next to the Tops grocery store where the shooting took place. We asked Rev. Lewis (former Director of Pastoral Care at ECMC) to lead the vigil. He not only led it, but also recruited many others to join us.
Several people spoke and prayed at the event, including Debra Minotti, Director of CMDA of WNY. I was encouraged by her words and those of people in the community who spoke about God's love, strength, forgiveness, and even joy in the midst of suffering.
In addition to feeling sadness and anger about what happened, I also felt uplifted by the faith and love of those present, especially those from the nearby community. The faith of many people in this community is truly inspiring.
I was reminded once again how God and His love are able to help people get through anything, even horrific tragedies such as this.
As I read about the victims, I wondered what would be said about each of us if we died suddenly. How will people remember us after we’re gone? Let’s live now how we want to be remembered.
Hello! Debra asked if I would introduce myself, so here it goes...
My name is Karin, and I'm so excited to be a part of CMDA of WNY! I officially came on board this past January, but was first introduced to CMDA when I led worship for the Faith in Healthcare retreat in 2018. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways!
In addition to assisting Debra, I like to wear many hats in this role. So far this year, I helped develop our new website, created a variety of new marketing materials, and continue to manage social media, just to name a few.
When I'm not working, I love worship and leading people deeper into God's presence, where they can encounter His love, freedom, and healing touch.