“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death,
Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. You are not alone. Many are working to move forward in the promise of hope while the winds of anger and fear blow to tip our world off-balance. You are connected by a bond that cannot be torn apart. A connection found deep within the heart – pacing a quiet beat in rhythm with all of creation.
Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. The next person you see may need a simple act of compassion to rekindle hope. Do not look away. We are given many opportunities to care for one another, changing the world one-act at a time.
May we move ahead sharing this promise of hope. May we live by example – a people of compassion and peace.
On the eve of Ash Wednesday may we give thanks for the promise of light. We live in a world that seems to be thriving in darkness. May this season of Lent allow us to focus in this dark and find the cracks where light is trying to push its way through. Where it is struggling to enter let us bring the promise that light will return.
The light will return. It will come again when the darkness has grown old and self-confident, arrogant in its assumption of power, when the clash of armies seems unending and the voices of hope have become but a whisper. Then the light will appear, in the deepest place of fear, least expected, a glimmer in the hand of the poor, a flicker among those who refuse to forget how to love. And the light will become brighter, with each one of us who turn to see it, warming us where our pain is greatest, releasing us to see one another more clearly, a light to follow, to cherish, to protect. Look up now.
The season of shadows is over. The light will return.