Every act of justice,
every act of compassion or mercy
is a light, a star in the night of this world.
You may think your efforts small and meaningless.
You may think they make no difference.
But go out and look up at the stars.
Which one should not have reached out in love?
Which one should never have bothered
to act in courage and compassion?
They all shine until they are swept up
in the great light
of the One who dawns among us.
None of them rids the night of its darkness.
Yet God walks out and looks at them all
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