MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘What I Think’ by Adlai E. Stevenson II.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Last night I had a dream in which Adlai Stevenson’s name was spoken. I awoke to look up the name online and did some abrupt reading on the multitude (not one but several) of Adlai Stevensons in history. Why would this name come to me so seemingly randomly and without any prior existence of it in my every day dialogue? Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“I think that one of our most important tasks is to convince others that there’s nothing to fear in difference; that difference, in fact, is one of the healthiest and most invigorating of human characteristics without which life would become meaningless. Here lies the power of the liberal way: not in making the whole world Unitarian [Universalist], but in helping ourselves and others to see some of the possibilities inherent in viewpoints other than one’s own; in encouraging the free interchange of ideas; in welcoming fresh approaches to the problems of life; in urging the fullest, most vigorous use of critical self-examination.”
ADLAI E. STEVENSON II

Steeped in our subconscious is a tribe of one. That which we cannot see we will come to know, as it is in knowing that we may choose to start anew. Nothing unearths itself from fear more justly and gracefully than love. The truest cantor of our power is our appointment of regard. The aggregate of destiny is not achieved in disunion; it is made whole by an awareness of our ultimate similitude and an acceptance of divergence in our rite of unity.

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