Remember that everyone’s hurting
In one way or another.
Everyone has burdens deep
Some under long-buried cover.
Remember everyone’s in need
Of our love and empathy.
They may not tell us why;
They may try to hide it from you and me –
But everyone is hurting.
“We may all be in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat,” said Inez Barron, a New York City councilwoman.
As I sit in my comfy living room
Far away from a march or a riot,
I feel the storm from a distance.
It adversely affects my daily diet.
I taste the bitter injustice
As I watch discrepancies on screen.
I see the deaths, feel the pain,
And cry at how it demeans.
Demeans the dignity of life,
Demeans the intent of our Maker,
Affects the vulnerable poor, marginalized –
Slams them down with each breaker.
Lightening may strike my neighbor –
But it doesn’t leave me unscathed.
I feel the storms all around me.
I understand the outraged.
I, too, am angry at COVID-19
For the way it has taken its toll
On the most compromised among us.
But the virus does not pigeonhole.
Like the injustice of racism,
The virus and the prejudice tumble
Across everyone in the storm’s path.
We all feel the hate of their rumble.
As we work to eradicate COVID
By our adherence to following guides,
May we work to eradicate prejudice
By the way that we live daily lives.
May we live with respect for each other.
May we notice and feel each one’s pain,
And remember that everyone’s hurting.
Share love and shelter – come walk with me
out of the rain.
Lord, help us see and understand
Each other’s pain,
And help us be part of the solution
Not the problems.
Have a healthy, love-filled Sunday.
See ya tomorrow.