This is a day like no other.

The waves of grief overwhelm me. 
My soul aches.
My heart is broken.

Fear begins to rise 
as questions and concerns
about family, friends, minorities, the elderly,
children, health care, the economy,
personal and global security, the world, me
and so much more surface.
I want it to be just a bad dream.
But it is not.
It is reality.
In time, a new day will appear.
But today is a day like no other
and I will not ignore my thoughts
or my feelings or my questions.
I will not listen to platitudes
of those who tell me
how I should feel
what I should believe
why I should be strong.
Today I am not strong.
Today I feel helpless.
And yet in the midst of it all,
I make a conscious choice to
… strive for justice and peace among all people
… remain steadfast in my respect for the dignity of every human being
… safeguard the integrity of God’s creation
… stand for justice and equality in all arenas of life
in peaceful ways
in compassionate ways
in loving ways.
These are what I can do.
These are what I will do.
I may feel helpless
but I am not
even on this day
… This-Day-Like-No-Other. 


Photo & Text © june maffin

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