Grace and Peace to you.
Times may turn dark;
they always have.
Our calling remains unchanged.
The voice of hope is undiminished.
The world may turn
toward ravage and greed;
the acid of fear stain our faces,
the voracious appetite of power
consume the earth and its silent ones,
but the Holy One’s tender mercy
does not waver or abate.
The voice of calm still whispers.
Your path may take you
through ulcered valleys of shadow.
The Gentle One is still with you.
Our path is not to save the world;
only One may do that.
Our path is to learn to love
even in the darkness.
Our calling is still to be woven in,
to cry out for the hurting,
to take mercy to the streets,
to be gentle among the violent
and strong amidst the fearful,
to mend the fabric even as it is torn,
to heal and bless even in our defeat.
Life may turn dark; it often does.
But the world in its suffering
will be made pure light.
Even in the evening of our power,
even in the dusk of the world,
the light of the Merciful One shines on,
and we are given this: to share the light,
to share the light
until we ourselves are pure light.
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