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The Breath of Life Is Not Mine Alone
The Breath of Life Is Not Mine Alone

I do not wish to breathe another breath if it is not shared with others. The breath of life is not mine alone.

I brought myself to be with you, hoping that by inhaling the compassion, the courage, the hope found here, I can exhale the fear, the selfishness, the separateness I keep so close to my skin.

I cannot live another moment, at least not one of joy, unless you and I find our oneness somewhere among each other, somewhere between the noise, somewhere within the silence of the next breath.

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  • The Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Massachusetts, was the second woman of African descent called to a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church through the UUA settlement process. She is a contributor to Voices from the Margins: An...

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