As I sit before this flame,
Meditating on the world around me,
My heart grows heavy with sadness and loss.
So many lives left in shambles.
So many good people fighting another’s battle.
So many without their basic human needs met.
What happened to the freedom of life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness?
How can we achieve any of those when the odds are
stacked against us?
In a world where competition and control rule,
In a world where the one is more important than the many,
In a world where those without are shunned and ignored,
What can we do?
Right now, we can choose kindness. We can choose love.
Kindreds Three, soften our hearts.
Show us where our hands can do
the most for those around us.
Guide our mind’s eye to see where
our efforts will make a difference.
Shine your light on what we can do,
Each of us, in this moment,
To feed the good in our world,
To protect those in harm’s way, and
To be the change we want to see in this world.
Kindreds, All, help us to choose each other,
To choose community,
To choose humanity,
To choose love.
So say we all.