I went to a vigil on Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As the vigil began, very quietly... a Muslim family arrived with their two young children. The mother held a child about the age of 4 while the father held an infant. Several people looked back in the crowd watching the woman who wore a hijab. I thought, "I wonder what it takes to show up here with your young children at a LGBTQ bar after the Orlando murders?"
And then, several people in the crowd parted and motioned for the family to step into the gathering rather than be held at the edges. Everyone went back to standing together. The Muslim family was now a part of the thousand who gathered.
I thought, "what must it take to welcome that family into this crowd?"
Tears welled up.
That's what it takes.