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It has been said that the task of the poet is to invoke the holy.  Maya Angelou, poet and lover of all of God’s people and creation, did that for us and for all.  She summoned the courage throughout her life to see the potential, the beauty, and the suffering and she invoked the holy in it all.  The following is a portion (selected verses) of her poem, “On The Pulse of Morning.”

Clad in peace and I will sing the songs,

The Creator gave to me when I and the

Tree and the stone were one.

The River sings and sings on.


 So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew

The African and Native American, the Sioux,

The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek

The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,

The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,

The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.

They hear. They all hear

The speaking of the Tree.


Lift up your eyes upon

      The day breaking for you.


 Give birth again

the dream.


With courage and God’s loving grace, may each of us, the church, our community and all of humanity, “give birth again” to the dream that is within and around us.  May we see first our common humanity that celebrates our differences whether it is the color of one’s skin, or of gender, sexuality, or one’s religion or culture.  And as Maya once said,  “One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."





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