Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Looking for Heroes

“Here's to the bridge-builders, the hand-holders, the light-bringers, those extraordinary souls wrapped in ordinary lives who quietly weave threads of humanity into an inhumane world. They are the unsung heroes in a world at war with itself. They are the whisperers of hope that peace is possible. Look for them in this present darkness. Light your candle with their flame. And then go. Build bridges. Hold hands. Bring light to a dark and desperate world. Be the hero you are looking for. Peace is possible. It begins with us.”
L.R. Knost

I am looking for a few heroes

Young or old
Male or female
Cis or not
Black, or White, or Brown, or……

well it really doesn’t matter

so much time and energy is spent on the villains today,
and rightly so, for they are many and dangerous, and destructive

but I am looking for heroes

for people who
are kind
who see others
who respond with compassion
who are generous

there are a few out there
Nelson Mandela
Thich Nhat Hanh
Noam Chomsky
Dalai Lama
Greta Thunberg
Parker Palmer
Brene Brown
Wendell Berry
Barbara Brown Taylor
Rachael Held Evans was a hero
So was Mary Oliver

These are people who care about people
And about the earth

They build up rather than tear down
They are not into power

And we need more like them

There are some not so well known
Closer to home
My sister, Susan Kliewer Duncan, with her gift of hospitality, is one of my heroes
So is Lise Porter, mental health therapist, actor, person of resilience
And Jan and Dan Blair, who tireless love others, even in times of personal distress
There are more

Thank God

But the world could use more
not faux healers

not those who talk and bluster
not those who impose and coerce
not the people of the lie
or the people with power and money

but those people who
are poor in spirit
and mourn
those who are humble,
and work for peace, justice and equity
those who are authentic
and generous
and engaged

(if you want my definition of a hero, read the beatitudes, Matthew 5 and Luke 6)

So I’m looking for some heroes
They won’t know who they are,
But I will,
And so will God

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