Here I am in the middle of the night, in the middle of the dark.
I cannot sleep because my dreams were crushed and recycled as a nightmare.
Still I know I must eventually rest and I know I will awaken in the light of a new day.
My heart and soul are heavy at this moment. But I also know it is just a moment, a nanosecond in the timeline of humanity. I examine myself and what gives my life purpose, and it is this: I am a minister without a religion, and I am moved by some kind of spirit to dedicate myself to the work of social justice.
Because there is such greed in the world the battle for economic justice is a never-ending battle. Because there is so much hatred in the world the battle for social justice is a never-ending battle. But there is as much love and compassion, empathy and goodness, generosity and kindness as there is of the darker parts of our humanity. In fact, there is more. Positive energy breeds more energy. Love brings greater love when it is given.
I have seen incredible light in the past year, in all the friends, neighbors, and strangers who have joined the struggle for justice for all. And yes, they are disheartened tonight. I am disheartened tonight. But in the morning the sun will rise and all of those beautiful people will still have that love and compassion in their hearts. It needs a place to go.
So we will rise with the sun and continue the work of uncovering truth, shining light into the darkness, and moving our world forward a millionth of an inch at a time, a fraction of a second at a time.
I cannot give up now. This is the work that moves me. This is the work that gives my life meaning. This is the work that eases the pain of the poor and disenfranchised. Without it, without love, nothing has meaning. I will not sink into despair. I will not sink into hatred. I will offer more love and light and the world will be a better place for it.
Peace, brothers and sisters. Rest for a moment, and then let’s continue what we’ve started. We have work to do.