He took the first step
and the next
and the next
believing in taking the first step
“even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
One of those first steps
cost him, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
his life.

Not everyone is called to such sacrifice
but each is called to take a “first step”
… a first step towards forgiveness
of self
of another
… a first step towards healing
of body, mind, spirit
… a first step towards freedom
exercising the right and privilege of voting.

People have stood in lines for hours on end
in rain, in snow, in blazing sun and heat
to vote.

People have died – literally –
so that others could vote.

People have left their desperate personal situations
and busy schedules
to vote.

In a few short days, a “first step” is on the doorsteps of the United States.
Some don’t believe their vote will make a difference
and they don’t vote.

Some don’t like the thought of a woman for President
not this particular woman
and they don’t vote.

Some can’t “see the whole staircase”
and they don’t vote.

Perhaps they need encouragement to register to vote.
Perhaps they need someone to transport them to the voting station.
Perhaps they need courage to stand apart
from family and friends who are voting
for a man who could lead their country and world to destruction.

Let courage flow so people can vote with wisdom.
Let kindness flow so people can be transported to a voting station.
Let encouragement flow so people recognize
the importance of their vote.

May all “take the first step
even when they can’t see the whole staircase.”
<Martin Luther King Jr.>


Photos and Text © june maffin
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