Speaking Justice, Enacting Peace

Talking to myself. You may listen in:

Meet it All with Love
Have a care with your words.
Speak justice.
Speak truth.
Words ignite.
Words incite.
Words inspire.
Have a care.

Don’t be afraid.
To act is to risk.
To not act is to risk.
Weigh and measure.

Meet it all with love.
Find joy in every place you can.
Be a prophet.
Be a fool.
Step into the gap
and become a bridge.

Avoid vengeance.
Provoke for change.
Provoke to love.
Provoke for epiphany.
Be a gadfly
and a peace-maker.
Be a prophet and a lamb.
Wise as a serpent,
harmless as a dove.

Enact peace.
Overturn the tables.
Rage and heal.
Meet it all with love.


American Parable:
Once a shepherd brought his sheep back to the fold after a long day of grazing in the high fields. As they entered the fold, he carefully counted each one, until he reached 99.

Oh no! One short! He must have lost one somewhere on the mountain! What would the other shepherds think of him if he lost a sheep? How would he ever live it down?

He stood a while in thought, then said, “Meh. What’s one sheep when I have 99 others? It was probably old or sick or weak anyway. A loser sheep. It is what it is.”

He locked his gates and doors, ate a hamburger from a golden plate, and went to bed.

3 thoughts on “Speaking Justice, Enacting Peace

    1. Thanks for the feedback! And I agree–It’s a tough time. I was thinking this morning about how tempting it could be to give up kindness, to give up peace-building, to say, “These are difficult times, and I am going to simply react as I feel.” But that’s why we do the practice in the “easy” times, so we’re ready for the hard ones. Courage!

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      1. Oh gosh, Beth, we must never give up kindness. In the end it may be our only weapon. Hmm, I guess the expression “kill them with kindness” has some meat behind it after all! Courage, indeed

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