Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space” by Carl Sagan.
Today I pray, “Dear God, In better caring for our planet, which is Your planet, what can we do? Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage on page 153:
“If we have an indomitable urge to be central and important, we know what we can do. We can take seriously the admonition to compassion and loving kindness of the major religions that most of us profess to live by. We can work toward the economic self-sufficiency of the billion poorest people on the planet. We can make sure we know what dangerous predispositions lie within us and what desperate mistakes we have made in our history. We can make it unthinkable for our children to grow up ignorant. We can care for and cherish the planetary environment that sustains us and the other beings that share it with us. We can, every one of us, take a fierce and principled role in the democratic process. We can insist on the honesty and selflessness of our elected officials. And we can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.”
This is true. And it fills me with an energy that cannot become complacent.
A gentrified hope displaces dangerous predispositions. A restoration of our futures begins by saying “yes” to this now. I am lucky to be alive and well to do the things that I do and say the things that I say. I am lucky for my past, I am lucky for my present, and I am lucky for my future. It is in truest appreciation that I take action where and how I may. We are all connected, and we vote with every thought of our infinitely powerful minds.