Today I give thanks for all those
who have nonviolently given their lives
for the sake of peace,
who have suffered and sacrificed and even died
for the sake of justice and healing.
I give thanks for those who suffered
for the underground railroad,
for the cause of unions, for women’s suffrage, in the civil rights movement,
In antiwar and environmental work.
For those who have sacrificed, suffered and died
without weapons in their hands
I give thanks, and honor their service.
And I pray that we all may emulate their courage,
their vision and their hearts of peace,
and give ourselves in the cause of justice.
May God bless not only the great sacrifices
but every Little step we take
for the sake of the mending of the world.
— May 27, 2019