Good Morning – it’s been a somber, sad, heartbreaking time as we watched this week unfold. I normally want to motivate us all on Friday to dig deep and find a burst of energy for the last day of the work week. Instead, I can’t help but take a moment as we witness the latest violence with heavy hearts.
Please join me in reflection:
Do we all want to live full lives, enjoying our freedoms, including to drive without fear of dying as the result of a broken taillight or forgotten turn signal?
Do we want to raise our children to have long, happy, passionate lives?
Do we want to teach them that hate is the answer to awful things?
Or do we want to find ways to bridge our differences and enjoy the rich, colorful, inspiring tapestry of a diverse nation?
I choose to believe that we are inherently good.
I choose to believe that the sun shines no matter that the clouds that obscure it.
I choose to believe that we can have better lives because we are different from each other.
I choose to believe that we are better than this ugliness indicates.
I choose to believe we can make a difference.
What do you choose?
Music soothes the savage beast – let’s find a little inspiration to give us hope this morning.
The Staple Singers I’ll Take You There addresses the ugliness in a I-can-make-a-difference style.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Homeless is such a beautiful song, it outshines the ugliness.
Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic is timeless poetry.
The Dixie Chick’s cover of Landslide combines their glorious harmony with Stevie Nicks’s lyrics about rising above.
May you have a glorious weekend,
May you find time to hug your loved ones,
May you see the sun behind the clouds and
May you find hope that we will all rise above.