Standing Tall

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In our hyper-partisan American culture, I long for common ground.

Not produced by more or less government, but by people who choose to agree on things that transcend tribes.
That every human being is made in the image of God’s a good starting point.
Every person valued, loved, and treated with dignity.
No qualifiers. No if/then. Just done.
I’m not naive. A lot of things get in the way of this happening. A lot of things.
But until we discover or rediscover the inherent value of humanity, all of it, at every stage of life, we’ll live far beneath the beauty our collective worth provides.
So even if it’s a small step, even if it’s uncomfortable, let’s risk, doing. A conversation, listening, seeking out. All of it.
If stationary voices shout, let’s keep moving.
If progress is slow, let’s stay strong.
Sometimes the scared and lonely who are right, stand tall among many down the road.

Let’s make “us” bigger.

“I thought I was going to die on this bridge, but somehow and someway, God almighty helped me here.
We cannot give up now. We cannot give in. We must keep the faith, keep our eyes on the prize.”
– John Lewis
March 1, 2020
Selma, Alabama

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