The LGBT community around the world watched in horror as the news started to unfold about the sheer scale and horror of the shooting.
Slowly, the 49 victims are becoming visible to us. Young men, barely twenty years old, snuffed out in an act of brutality that is impossible to comprehend. A young couple that was planning to get married - now they will be buried together. Pictures of people on their way to the Pulse nightclub, full of laughter as they were looking forward to an evening of fun with their friends. Now they are no more. The grief and pain is almost unbearable.
As a community we stand together, shoulder to shoulder with the families and friends of those whose loved ones were murdered. We cannot begin to imagine the grief and suffering they are going through. The years of pain that lie ahead. The recurring question, which they will ask over and over. Why?
All we can hold onto at this time is that God will one day wipe away every tear and that love will triumph over evil.
But today heaven weeps.