You, who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so, become yourself
Because the past is just a goodbye.
Teach your children well
Their father’s hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them, “Why?”
If they told you, you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you. “Teach Your Children” – Graham Nash
I find myself at a loss for words today and yet it this a day for words. This is a day to speak of love, courage, rightness, honor, dignity, and truth. There are many words being spoken today of revenge, rage, fear, and despair. Let’s not make those our words.
Let your actions today do some of your talking: check in with your representatives and congress members; reach out to your children, your neighbors, and anyone who lives alone; do some random acts of humankindness; talk with God and ask to be made a vessel of peace and light.
Make space today to be silent, and to listen to yourself for any arrogant, apathetic, unloving, and judgmental words you hear, and invite them to go their way.
These were Jesus’ words to the disciples as He sent them out to share the Good News. “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables.” His words remind me that there’s work to do, right here in the neighborhood of listening, connecting, serving, loving, and healing. Those words sound good to me today.
In faith, Marylee