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

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What do I believe?

What we have is only as strong as what we believe. If our faith abandons us, if our trust goes missing, then what remains is only a shell – an empty space where once great hopes grew like a forest and dreams bloomed like wildflowers along the road.

          Steven Charleston



What do I believe?

What do I believe, really?!


Do I believe in God?

Do I believe that God is Love?

Do I believe that Love wins?

Do I believe that each one of us carries a little bit of Sacred

And that each of us reflects, if only in a tiny, vague way, the Divine Image?


Do I believe in prayer?

Do I believe that the Sacred actually makes a difference in one’s life

Here and now?


What do I believe?

Do I trust the core tenets of my faith system,

or has, in reality, trust gone missing?


What does my heart say

as the sun eases its way into the sky

and makes its long, hot trek across the sky?


What happens as I watch the world burn (literally)

and hear of another shooting,

and hear the words of people who lie for power

and hate for profit


Does hope stir in my soul, verdant and fresh?

Do I dream of peace, and love?


or am I like one lost in the desert

in a dry and barren land where there is no water?


There are days when life is lost in the living

when I am dry and brittle

dragging this poor soul

painfully through the dryness


lost in the emptiness


but there are moments too

when the Wind quickens

and water wells up

like a spring


and glimpses of paradise appear

perhaps God’s grandeur, rippling across the sky at dawn

perhaps an eagle soaring


perhaps an act of kindness seen




and for at least a moment I am once again

in the deep shadows of the forest

where the wildflowers bloom


in the presence of love


and trust is reborn

and so am I

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Days of Discontent

Tisha B’Av (the midsummer day of Jewish mourning for the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, and of hope for a transformed future) can be focused on the endangered Earth as our Temple. As the ancient Temples were burned by the Babylonian and Roman Empires, so Temple Earth is bring burnt, boiled, broiled by imperious Fossil Fuel Corporations bent on increasing already Hyper-Profits.


Ancient midrash asked, “When was the first chant of Eicha (the first lamenting word of the Book of Lamentations)? And the answer came, “Ayekka!” – a word that has the same root letters and means “Where are you?” It was God’s own wailing outcry in the parable of Eden.

          Rabbi Arthur Waskow



in these days of discontent and fear

in these days as the sun burns red, and the forest are destroyed

as the springs run dry and the rivers die


in these days of resentment and intolerance


in these days as Supreme courts wallow in the fetid waste

of dominion and greed


in these days of injustice and inequity


in these days of denial and inaction


in these days we cry Eicha


in anguish, sorrow, and perhaps anger

we lament



Why is this happening

Why is there no answer

Why is God silent



we question, we struggle

we wonder

where is God?


this is our lament

that Love seems to have gone missing


it is a chronic condition


spoken by the Jewish people in exile

spoken at the destruction of the temple by Babylon

spoken at the destruction of the temple by Rome

spoken in the ghettos of Europe

spoken in the death camps of Nazi Germany



spoken too, in different tongues

by black people entombed on slavers

by the indigenous people assailed by colonial greed



spoken by all the oppressed

then and now

the forever cry




it is perhaps telling that in the traditions of the Midrash

the first lament is attributed to God



Where are you?

God’s anguish at children lost

children hiding

children denying

children seeking power, using power, abusing power


God’s anguish

where have you gone?


and in that lament the answer

to our lament



where have you gone?



because we are in hiding

because we are ashamed



God laments our departure

because that departure births other laments



Because we are distant

we are cut off

we are in an exile of our own making


it is time to stop hiding

it is time to draw near

it is time to believe, to trust in Love

it is time to follow

it is time to connect


where are you?

Lord, we are here!


Saturday, August 27, 2022


No human system will endure unless it is built on truth

          Steven Charleston



when I was younger

younger than today

we used to have a saying we would use when friends


would insist upon stances we did not agree with


“Go ahead, live a lie”


Go ahead

Live a lie!


it is not so funny anymore

as too many people literally choose to live a life

based on lies


call it what you will

alternative reality

ideologically informed reality


people have chosen to abandon the truth for lies


sometimes the lies are clear (and blatant)

the big lie

that the 2020 election was stolen

(that is a lie)


but more often than not

the lies we tell

especially the lies we tell to ourselves

are more difficult for us to see


for we convince ourselves

often with great sincerity,

that what we have chosen to believe

is actually the truth


the fact is we believe what we want to believe

and what we want to believe is not always true


American exceptionalism is a lie

America has its good points, and it's bad

but the truth is (if you look at the facts) that it is not exceptional

it is just another country trying to stumble its way forward and often failing


it has been endowed with great giftedness

but it has not used its blessings wisely

we have too many ultra-rich, and way too many poor

we have a predatory healthcare system

our education system is second to many

we are often a global bully

we worship power and even violence


the church often is enmeshed in subtle deceit

it says it “welcomes” all, but clearly doesn’t

it talks about grace alone, but is awash in merit

it talks about a God of love,

but then insists that this same God is planning on torturing most of humanity eternally

it is wildly inconsistent and hypocritical

it talks about the Kingdom of Heaven

but ignores the way of that Kingdom for the kingdoms of the earth


it lives a lie

seeking to rule, dominate, control, and coerce

rather than welcome, love, and serve.

thus violating the heart, the core of the Gospel


we as individuals lie

sometimes to others, often to ourselves

about who we are

about what we have done

about what we think and what we feel


and the problem is this

while likes may make us feel better, short-term

and lies may give us a “win”, short-term

anything based on a lie will ultimately fail


A political party that lies to itself and the people

will eventually fail

it may get caught up in its lies (finally) and lose power

or it may drag the countries into its lies, and destroy us all

either way

a fail


a church that lies to itself will die

it may flourish for a while

it may meet in large auditoriums

but in the end, the world will reject it

for not being authentic, and not having real spiritual power

(and it will keep lying and claim persecution)


and we?

we human creatures with our petty lies

well will fail to become all that we could be

people reflecting the image of God





when we lie we shrink and shrivel

because only the truth will keep us connected

to the one who is the way, the TRUTH, and the life


this day look in the mirror

reflect honestly on what you see

celebrate the good

lament the bad

praise the blessings

ask for forgiveness for the failures


because here is the truth

God loves us as we are

and amazing things when we are connected to God

in Spirit and in Truth.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

With eyes wide open

Cruelty is not the fruit of contemplation. Those who have touched the God who lives within themselves, with all their struggles, all their lack, see God everywhere and, most of all, in the helpless, fragile, pleading, frightened other. Contemplatives do not judge the heart of another by a scale on which they themselves could not be vindicated. 

          Joan Chittister



each day I am impelled

to take that hazardous journey into my soul

into the deep place where Sacred dwells


each day I return from this journey changed

for no one can encounter pure love

and remain untouched


the person who journeys outward

into the chaotic mess of the world

can no longer pretend



for Sacred presence draws out of the soul


the good, the bad, and the ugly

revealing, transforming, and restoring

making all things new


and that experience of Love

both beautiful and terrible

gives us new eyes


gives us the capacity to see God everywhere

in every one

in the “other”

that one so different from, so alien to us

that one who sets our teeth on edge

that one we have been taught to despise, or ignore


we cannot help ourselves

it is irresistible

and we can no longer hide behind our own presumed righteousness

we can no longer batter with creed and law

we can no longer despise or ignore

we see that unborn child, but we also see the mother

we see that officer, but we also see the person pursued

we see that person who thinks and votes like us

but we also see that one who does not


we see everyone

and in everyone we see Jesus


and we cannot judge

we cannot exclude

we cannot ignore

we must love


having walked with God through our own pain

and fear, and anger

our own frailty and sin


we must walk with God and the other





for we are all children of God

all terrible, all beautiful

all struggling

all in need of Love


and coercion and cruelty

exclusion and oppression

are never the answer


and if we find ourselves

awash in hate and anger

seeking revenge or retribution

we know we have not let God love and transform us


for the touch of God, “produces in human life fruits such as these: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance and self-control” (Gal 5 JB Phillips)


that is how people we know we have let God love us

we will love one another 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Blindly Thrashing

We lost a mare the other day

Our beautiful buckskin dun, with the soulful eyes

Who greeted us eagerly each day

And nursed her beautiful son so faithfully


Perhaps the trauma of giving birth

Moved things around


A twisted gut

Vet Randy said


it was horrible and terrifying

as she ran blindly, and cast herself down

rolling and flailing

trying to remove the pain


my heart still hurts


and my heart hurts too

each time I find myself reading, or hearing the words

of other creatures in pain


human creatures

not in physical pain

but in a sort of emotional, spiritual, moral pain

that has them blindly



mindless of who they hurt

mindless of how they hurt themselves


I read the vitriolic words of those

who would demean and minimize others

I read as being “woke” is demonized

I watch as women are objectified and diminished into baby machines

As people are demeaned and diminished

I watch as justice is subverted

And people’s right to vote is taken away

And the planet is plundered


I see the blind devotion to guns and violence

I see hate rule the day

and what I see is pain

a pain that is so intense it blinds


blinds people to reason

to facts

but most of all blinds them to other people


that black person

that LGBTQI person

that woman

that raped child

that immigrant

that addict

that person with mental illness

that veteran

that old person lingering on the edge of poverty


they all disappear

and all that is left is the pain

the fear


of losing power

losing wealth


the fear of things changing


Isaiah warned us,

Jesus confirmed it

“You will indeed listen but never understand, and you will indeed look but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing,

and they have shut their eyes, so that they might not look with their eyes,

and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn — and I would heal them.” (Matthew 13)


our world is in pain

people are in pain

and pain, it appears, begets pain

as our attempts to deal with our pain makes us mindless

and (too many times) heartless

and yes



may we turn

turn to Love

turn to the One who can heal


so that we will not be cast down

so that we can see

not just ourselves (clearly and honestly)

not just the truth

but see each person we meet


child of God

child of God

Saturday, August 20, 2022

How hot is it

the forecast is for hot

really hot

not perhaps Arizona hot


but still it is hot

how hot is ?

it’s so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk

it’s so hot I saw a dog chasing a possum and they were both walking

it’s so hot Satan has ordered central air


today as I watch the sun creep into a painfully clear sky

and watch the sky turn orange

in a haze of dust and smoke


my soul feels stretched and thin

as if I am that proverbial pilgrim

crawling through the sand

in a desert that has no end


it is interesting

that in the scriptures

the images of alienation

have to do with baked dryness


when we are disassociated from God

we are in a flaming garbage pit

or in a dry and weary land

where there is no water


it is interesting too that when the bible pictures

people in such distress

the people of Israel wandering in the desert,

the goats who are cast away

the rich man, gazing across the abyss at Lazarus feasting


they got their own their own

through their choices

through lack of trust (the Israelites)

through apathetic greed (Dives)

through neglect of the poor


it is also interesting that Sacred seems to have one job

to rescue people from themselves


Sacred, cloud and pillar of fire, guiding

Sacred, making a way in the wilderness

Causing springs to flow in the desert

And spring up in human souls


Sacred, raising the valleys, making the hills low

Making straight the way


Funny, isn’t it

how for many people God is in the business of sending us to hell

(its hot, how hot is it) and religion is nothing more than a way to avoid that


When in fact, God is in the business of breaking down the gates of the

hells we have created for ourselves,

and raising us up from the tombs we have made for ourselves


and religion should be

(more than anything us)

our way of celebrating our reunion with love

and enjoying our love relationship with God (forever)


Nadia Bolz-Weber says it well

Grace isn't about God creating humans and flawed beings and then acting all hurt when we inevitably fail and then stepping in like the hero to grant us grace - like saying, "Oh, it's OK, I'll be the good guy and forgive you." It's God saying, "I love the world too much to let your sin define you and be the final word. I am a God who makes all things new.  


God is not a God who casts down, but lifts up

God is not a God who hates, but loves

God is not a God who punishes, but rescues

God is not cruel and arbitrary, but compassionate and faithful


God is


Sunday, August 14, 2022

People! Wake up

It’s prophecy time

the flyer says


come and let us tell you what an angry and retributive God

has in store for this sinful world

and let us scare the hell out of you…


It’s prophecy time

come to the “prophecy center”



it’s a good thing


when it is really prophecy


not when it someone telling you

what a prophet from long ago was telling

people from long ago

about the possible consequences of their actions

and challenging them to change


not when it is someone pointing to the “signs of the time”

Bible style

and suggesting that those signs

(meant to apply to ancient Rome) are happening “now”

and we’d better pay up our tithes

and answer that altar call

or burn


but when it is someone proclaiming


“Hear!  Hear O Children of God!”

that the same errors of yesteryear

are the same errors of today

and we really ought to change


Aquinas (in his Commentary of Jeremiah) suggests that a

“prophet has been consecrated to overturn, root up, destroy,

and again to build and renew”


a prophet is to stand up to injustice

and stand up for justice

and bring healing


a prophet is about transformation

not about scaring people into

buying insurance against an inevitable future

but about moving people into changing the future


prophets are people who must see

see what is wrong

prophets are people who must speak

who must, in whatever way they can

put a mirror in front of people and say

“This is us”


a prophet is a person who helps other people see

what he or she sees

that which is hidden

that which is forgotten

that which is denied


and a prophet says

because we are greedy

because we abuse power

because we neglect the poor

because we oppress

because we pillage and plunder



this is what will happen

this is what is likely to happen




unless we see

unless we repent

unless we change

unless we turn to God

not in fear but in hope


and live life a different way


a prophet is less about what God is going to do to us

and more about what we are going to do to ourselves


it is not that God is unimportant

for in God, in Sacred, in Love

we find the power to change


but we cannot, we will not change

what we do not see


so let us hear it for the prophets

for Isaiah, and Amos

Micah, and Mary, and Elizabeth

for Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela

for Sister Chittister, and Shawn Clairborne

(and definitely not for Enlow, Locke, and Kerr)


let us hear it for the prophets

those who see

and stand

and speak

those who help us see what is wrong

challenge us to be better

and connect us with the Power

to change

Wednesday, August 10, 2022



There are many ways in which we taste Nothingness and we will consider some of them here:

Metaphysical nothingness of non-being or of our pre-existence.

Psychological nothingness of feeling oneself to be a nobody or forgotten or utterly ignored.

Political nothingness of being subjected to less than human circumstances by decisions of the powerful decision-makers.

Being a woman in a patriarchal world.

Being a person of color in a world where white supremacy reigns.

Being a gay or trans person in a world of homophobia and heterosexism.

Being poor or homeless when possessions are the test of a human being.

          Matthew Fox, Daily Meditations 8/10/22




the sun may grudgingly arise

breaking through the clouds for a moment of color


but then all becomes

50 shades of gray


and the light is subsumed by the darkness


and we are left with nothing

we feel it

we taste it

it is bitter bile in our stomachs

it is the tightness in our chests

it is a hundred TVs, all tuned to different channels

chattering in our heads



nothing makes sense

the poor championing those who oppress them

freedom fighters fighting against freedom

truth seekers trusting liars


this is a world that makes us nothing

and leaves us stumbling in the dark

reaching out for someone anyway

lashing at everyone


this is a world that sucks us dry and leaves our souls empty

and leaves us vulnerable

to the liars, the predators, the manipulators, the abusers


when we taste our nothingness

hate and fear rule us

control us

shape us


we react, blindly, mindlessly (or with ideologically impaired minds)

we cheer a Supreme Court that stands for nothing (other than power and wealth)

we blindly follow a narcissist

we enable (and even worship) our abusers

or we live hopelessly

believing that nothing will ever be right again


we are defined by nothingness

women in patriarchal darkness

people of color in the darkness of white supremacy

peacemakers in a world dominated by guns and violence

LGBTQI+++ in a world that denies their humanity

followers of Jesus in the darkness of hate-filled Churchianity




but there is something

there is a reality, a power, a Love

that overcomes the darkness


that same something, someone

Jesus talked about, again and again in the dwindling light

of the upper room

as the darkness encroached

and all would soon become



there is that Love

we can trust

trust to be with us

trust to stay with us

trust to work with us

trust to empower us

trust to help us through the darkness


to something

beautiful and powerful






to Love


the world may try to make us nothing

but if we trust in love

we are quite something!



The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it (John 1)

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Just sit

Just sit there right now

Don’t do a thing

Just rest


For your separation from God

Is the hardest work in this world

          Hafiz (ala Landinsky) The Subject Tonight is Love



The morning sky

Filled with clouds and rain and sun

Shines with all the colors of the rainbow


God laughing

at our pitiful attempts

to light up the sky to celebrate







We try so hard

don’t we?

we shoot off rockets

drink our beer

fire up the BBQ

sing our patriotic songs


and are left only with empty souls

and terrorized dogs


We try so hard, we human creatures

doing the wrong things!


God must shake the divine head in bewilderment at

our denseness


we work to gain power

when we have been called to cede power

and become servants


we work so hard to control

when we have been told to set the prisoners free


we work so hard at hating

when we have been told to love


we work so hard at killing

when we have been told to turn our guns into garden tools


we work so hard at forcing people to

believe and act the way we want

when we have been told that people must freely choose

and only loving presence can truly transform


we work so hard at seeking advantage and privilege

when we have been told that we need to seek justice


we work so hard

at our separation from God


And so the divine, frustrated I am sure, says

“I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,

Even though you shoot fireworks into the sky

Even though you invoke my name

and wrap the cross in your flag


it will all be empty


Take away from me the noise of your songs;

I will not listen to your patriotic songs

Where you demand I bless you.  (apologies to Amos)


Instead, stop









Resisting divine love is hard work

The hardest work in the world


Just sit there right now

Don’t do a thing

Just rest


And let God love you

Soak up forgiveness, compassion, generosity, acceptance

Look at the rainbow

And let all the colors of love fill your soul


And then do justice

and to live kindness

and walk humbly with God  (Micah)

Friday, August 5, 2022

Let Justice Roll

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos)


Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.

For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. (A Psalmist)


He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah)


Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah)


This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. (Zechariah)


The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. (Proverbs)




God likes it!

God demands it!


Not a retributive, punishing justice

Not a hateful justice


But a justice that equalizes and protects

A justice that is merciful and compassionate


A nation that wants to prosper must have justice

A nation that abandons justice will become evil and destructive


A nation that abandons justice will eventually,

although some may think they flourish for a while,

be destroyed

it will implode,

collapsing in on itself


Let’s call it like it is.

Our current SCOTUS is not about justice

It is about power, and it is about greed

It is about control, and it is about punishment


Taking the vote away from people is not just

Taking away freedom of choice is not just

Allowing big business to destroy the planet for profit is not just

Giving one religion the freedom to oppress all other religions is not just


But the SCOTUS has done just that!


And they are doing it while being cheered on

By people who claim Jesus


By people who are more about rules

And merit

And punishment and retribution

Than about love


According to scripture

This Court, and the party that installed it (GOP)

having abandoned justice

Having abandoned truth

Having abandoned love

Having abandoned mercy

Have abandoned God and God’s way


They may claim God

They may give God lip service

But by every biblical standard

What they are doing in antithetical to God

And Jesus


I have no illusion they will change

We have seen this pattern before

This pattern of greed, abused power, of violence, and injustice


At the end of this road is rubble

But hopefully, also

A remnant


And a chance to start again


Out of a tomb of our own making



Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shine the light

It is said of a certain Talmudic master that the paths of heaven were as bright to him as the streets of his native town. Hasidism inverts the order: It is a greater thing if the streets of a person’s native town are as bright to them as the paths of heaven. For it is here, where we stand, that we should try to make shine the light of the hidden divine life.

          Martin Buber, The Way of Man, According to the Teaching of Hasidism

(New York: Routledge Classics, 2002), 31 (quoted by Rohr, 6/29/22



let your light so shine

Jesus said

let your light shine in the darkness

for you are the world’s light  (Matthew 5)


but how?


what does it mean to be a lamp in the darkness?

what does it mean to shine the light of the divine

in the streets of one’s native town?

in one’s state

in one’s country?


is it a matter of zeal?

or power?

do we change the world by grabbing hold of the reins of power

and forcing


even faith?


when we grab power

when we embrace the way of dominance

what do we reveal?


it is tempting

to think that if we control the courts

and control the government

we can impose righteousness


we can “win the world”

but Jesus knew better

Watch out! He said

beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Empire

what profit it you to win the whole world, and lose your life


if you want to follow me deny yourself

take up a cross

and follow


follow, follow, follow

love your neighbor as yourself

feed the hungry

free people from oppression

clothe the naked

welcome the stranger

give water to the thirsty (Matthew 25)


we cannot be light

when our hearts are full of anger and resentment

when we carry forward and repeat the way of domination and greed

we cannot be light when we carry hate

and pass it on from generation to generation


we can only be light when we break the cycle

of abused power

and retribution


Jesus did not grab power

he did not collaborate with the Sadducees

or stack the Sanhedrin with “his people”

he looked at those who tried to impose righteousness

who shamed and judged

and threw stones

and said “are you kidding me?”


he ceded power

he lived a life of radical love, and acceptance

a life of forgiveness

a life of compassion


and said

this is the way


he died on a cross

and said the way of hate and retribution

stops here


we are the light of the world

we are called to shine

to make the streets of our villages and cities

shine with the light of Love


we don’t do that with abortion bans

or prayer at the 50-yard line

we don’t do that by creating and theocracy

based on arrogance and coercion


we do that by facing the darkness in our own hearts

and, through repentance

letting the light of love shine there

at the center of who we are


emptying us of hate

and the need for power and control

and retribution


and then

letting that light leak from our souls


by being people of compassion

and forgiveness




by working to create a world

where no desperate person has to die of heat stroke

in the back of a semi-truck

where no desperate young woman has to believe

abortion is her only option

where no person of color has to automatically fear

the lights of a patrol car


for it is here

where we stand

in the middle of the mess

in the middle of the pain and suffering

in the middle of the despair

that we need to shine


not by grabbing power

but by empowering

not by coercing

but by transforming through welcome and love


Monday, August 1, 2022

Surrender is not an option

Surrender is not an option.  I cannot imagine giving up my faith in the real presence of a loving Spirit who is with us on this long walk [Trail of Tears] we call life.  I know goodness is there, kindness is there, compassion is there, no matter how final the triumph of fear may seem, nor how great the power that holds the human heart down.  I will not abandon my belief in the coming dawn just because I dwell in the midnight hour.

          Steven Charleston, “Ladder to the Light”  p.64




It feels like the midnight hour

Like the deepest deep

The darkest dark


we see murdered children

immigrants callously left to die from the heat


we see injustice roll down like waters,

and self-righteousness like an ever-flowing stream


we see those who claim God

embrace the Kingdom of the World and its way of domination and coercion

instead of the Kingdom of Heaven and its way of service and love


it is an ugly time


where the powerful abuse their power

where the rich sell out the righteous for profit

and the needy for a second (or third) house

where the heads of the poor

are trampled into the dust of the earth

and the vulnerable are abandoned (Amos 2)


It feels like the midnight hour

and I fear for the poor

the ill


I fear for women

and people who are LGBTQI+

and are BIPOC

in this time when the seeds

of nationalism, and totalitarianism

the seeds of racism and misogyny

and greed


have blossomed

like virulent weeds


it feels like the midnight hour

dare I hope?

dare I believe that the dawn is coming


can “I know goodness is there,

kindness is there,

compassion is there,

no matter how final the triumph of fear may seem..?”




the trail is long

and watered with tears

and yet the Spirit walks with us

Love walks with us


and we cannot abandon hope


instead, when the night is darkest

we most hold on to hope


hope is not a wish

but an intention (Steven Charleston)


hope is lived

hope builds on itself

hope grows

as the people of hope together






and yes, vote


we cannot accept the darkness

we cannot get used to the darkness

we cannot sit hopeless in the darkness


for the Spirit is with us

and the dawn is coming