One Parent’s Legacy Anthem
as I raise little hands and feet from flawed soil,
I will teach the detriment of barriers.
I will remind them as they grow, that there will be loud voices that will speak division’s anthem,
but also that loud voices, don’t always equal truth.
I will lead in the direction of hope, even when hope feels second best. Together we will journey to walls, and then press forward until we find our path through, over, or beneath. I will teach that walls are not always what they seem, and that the same loud voices that argued for their foundation, are preaching on the wrong side of history. On the wrong side of faith.
ON the side of fear.
I will teach that fear is just a story. One that will be told to us over and over. I will remind them that to fear others is to fear ourselves. Fear is to live in captivity and breathe breaths that are not conducive to our foundational makeup, which is love. I will teach them love. Above all else and with boundless intent. To love themselves and to love others . . . without question and without fail.
I will teach that when walls are built, and when our equality is in question, we raise our voices in solidarity and say:
I support you. Love you. Welcome you, without question.
If we are not love, what are we?
How can we love the baby in the womb, but not the babies on our shores?
How can we love our neighbor with the same God-given makeup as every one of us, but not love one based on proximity?
How can we marginalize any human, for any reason, and still call ourselves love and the voices of our God?
I stand in love and hope for all, and ALL are welcome.
I will teach that this isn’t about where you were born, where you live, your color, race, religion, sexuality, gender, or age. It’s about LOVE and humanity. I will teach that walls only perpetuate our differences instead of honoring the fact that we are the same.
I will teach inclusion. My children will be a generation that will rise up with a voice for the voiceless, and offer hope,
to those who feel hopeless.
and my home,
I will teach that without love,
we are bankrupt.