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From Just the Right Distance

“All it took
Was the glance back “like they knew all along”
Or the tone in their voices on the phone,
To affirm that, indeed, I’d done the best I could,
Even if I’d failed.”

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Joseph’s Choice

“I wonder how many times any of us
went to bed convinced we knew the right thing,
the sensible thing,
and woke up the next morning
to do exactly the opposite–
because we discovered God had different plans.”

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

“When this is all over,
will we have the courage
to name our whitewashed tombs,
to heal the divides between us,
or will we choose to wallow in our self-righteousness,
whatever it happens to be,
Hold on to our outrage, whatever the source,
with ghostly white knuckles
and no room for reconciliation in our tightly clenched fists when this is all over?”

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An Old, Old Story

“We hear this tale
time and time again
and so often, our thoughts
wander to the audaciousness
of James’ and John’s mom’s request,
and their chutzpah.”

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I Have No Idea How it Happened

“To this day I can’t tell you how it happened.
All I can tell you
is that I saw that bag
with the five loaves and two fish
get swallowed up into the night and the crowd,
and I never saw it again,
and twelve baskets of bread came back to us.”

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How could we not tell anyone?

“I know he told us (pretty sternly, in fact)
Not to tell anyone how we got our sight back…
Yet we can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt
We have no problems telling you how he taught us to believe again.”

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A tireless servant

Readings for the feast of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Friday, September 24, 2021: Psalm 78; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 11:25-30 Our Gospel reading for the feast

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Alexander Crummel

“Crummell’s greatest light, though, was that through all these changes, all these moves, all these convolutions in his own life, he remained a lifelong scholar, author, and teacher of moral philosophy in a number of academic posts during his career.  His work in moral philosophy would be the foundation of other great African-American thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Henry P, Slaughter.  He was able to stake a moral foundation for the equality of all races despite all the barriers slavery and Jim Crow threw at him.”

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It’s About the Relationship

“The story of Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle stands as a living testimonial of how a single relationship, like a pebble tossed into a lake–creates ripples that spread further outward.”

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Overheard in Jericho

“But…you know…
Here’s the part I can’t get out of my head.
‘Your faith has made you well.’  Your faith.
And, in all honesty,
I was one of the people thinking, ‘Shut up, dude.'”

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