A Lament

We cry out in grief at
the suffering we see—
people, all living things, the planet.
Preventable suffering, yet
it continues, on and on.

A sculpture by Jane Mortimer ("Loss"), showing a seated figure with their head tucked against their knees

When we feel overwhelmed,
we gather to find a path,
to find new ways forward.

When we feel overwhelmed,
we know that to our right
and to our left are
the faces of caring,
faces of companionship.

Joining together,
we find our refuge.
We find our strength.

We find our wisdom.
We find our way forward.

Rev. Breeden invites you to present this as an antiphonal reading: one group of worshipers reading the lines in regular font, and a second group reading the italic/indented lines.