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I Pray

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I pray for all the families; for all the men, women, and children all over the world that are or will find themselves struggling to cope with the loss of loved ones.

I pray for the well being of all the people who find themselves barely hanging on and lost in our complex world of contradictions.

I pray that all of the children being taught violence as a solution to problems will someday find love and prove to be better than us, their teachers.

I pray that someday the American passion for life that gets displayed every time a tragedy strikes one of our communities becomes a permanent fixture in our hearts, and that this American humanity expands to include compassion for non-Christians and non-Americans all over the world.

I pray that one day, my Christian brothers and sisters will quit murdering in the name of Allah, my Muslim brothers and sisters will quit murdering in the name of God, and our American politicians will quit sending our American kids to war under the false pretense of democracy and justice.

I pray for you, in hopes that you when hit that wall and begin to believe you can’t go any further, that when you reach that point where you can’t see any hope, that when you find yourself in that space where darkness is the only thing that surrounds you, I pray that you will find the courage and perseverance to take one more step forward.

I pray for us, in hopes that someday we will truly treat one another as our brothers and sisters the way El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) did when he returned from his Hajj, the way Martin Luther King, Jr. did when he embraced humanity, the way Mother Theresa did as she worked tirelessly to make the world better, and the way so many do as they heroically go on with the business of doing for others without any fanfare.

I pray…

No Tears

I’m going to love you while you live
pray for your loved one’s when you say goodbye
drop to my knees and thank God in Heaven for putting you my life,
but I won’t cry…
because there is no need for me to shed tears of sorrow while our love is still alive
no need for me to be consumed by sadness while our souls are still intertwined
no need for me to feel hopeless because God has called you to be by his side…
besides, our separation is only temporary
and I still have our love and the memories of happier times…
of course I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss you,
but don’t expect me to cry.

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If You Knew what I Know

If you found out that you were dying, would you stand up and do all the things that fear and doubt has kept you from doing? Would you pull out your bucket list and start pursuing all those crazy dreams and doing all those wild things you’ve always wanted to do?  Well, I don’t know if anyone has told you yet, but you are dying, so you better start living while you can. — Sean King

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