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In the midst of a world

In the midst of a world
Meditation

In the midst of a world

marked by tragedy and beauty

there must be those

who bear witness

against unnecessary destruction

and who, with faith,

stand and lead

in freedom,

with grace and power.

There must be those who

speak honestly

and do not avoid seeing

what must be seen

of sorrow and outrage,

or tenderness,

and wonder.

There must be those whose

grief troubles the water

while their voices sing

and speak

refreshed worlds.

There must be those

whose exuberance

rises with lovely energy

that articulates

earth's joys.

There must be those who

are restless for

respectful and loving

companionship among human beings,

whose presence invites people

to be themselves without fear.

There must be those

who gather with the congregation

of remembrance and compassion

draw water from

old wells,

and walk the simple path

of love for neighbor.

And,

There must be communities of people

who seek to do justice

love kindness and walk humbly with God,

who call on the strength of

soul-force

to heal,

transform,

and bless life.

There must be

religious witness.

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