Will this be a day of peace when
no atrocities slash our screens,
no brutality, hate of men;
instead compassion swell the scenes?
Across the world, too many wars;
we need more healing in between.
Too much destroying, leaving scars;
we need God’s love to intervene.
Amid what has become routine
how will we show His grace and light
to broken, outcast and unseen;
transform to daylight from the night?
One hand stretched out on which to lean,
one kindness upon which to grow
may gently anger from us wean,
allowing seeds of love to sow.
Instead of backs turned, try to glean
a glimpse from eyes of others’ pain.
The heart’s compassion does convene
our souls with God’s serene domain.
We both made choices to be here. We create our “others.” As parents, as neighbors, as citizens, we witness and sometimes ignore each other into being. You were not born vengeful. I have some role in whatever thirst you now feel for revenge. And that thirst now tempts me to plot ever more elaborate escapes from our common life. From the schools and neighborhoods and amusement parks that we used to share. (Anand Giridharadas, Ted Talk, June 2016)