This I Believe

Cristina - Mesa, Arizona
Entered on April 15, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
Themes: community

I am responsible for them.

I have never met them, but I’ve seen their faces.

I have read their stories and I have prayed for an end to their pain.

They are many, these victims, survivors and casualties alike.

They are my family, they are your family and we are responsible for them.

They have sought solace, they have cried out to us

to help them, to reach out and pull them from hell’s depths.

Just because we haven’t met them does not mean they are not

“our problem”.

We are responsible for them, for they are our brothers and sisters.

They are the millions of men, women and children who have suffered

unspeakable violence. People who have been brutally victimized all

across this planet we call our home.

We share the Earth and, like it or not, we are kin.

They are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, they are our children.

There but for the grace of God go you and I…and guess what…

it is only a matter of time before the grace of God is lifted and we too

are crying for help against hate’s tyranny,

for what occurs just on the other side of this planet will, in all absolute certainty

take a toll on you and I.

You see, blood is indeed thicker than water and…

blood is what stains our souls…the blood of countless many…

if we stand idly by.

We may feel we have no power, but we do…if only in our prayers.

We have the power to move mountains, tucked deep within.

We cannot continue to live as though unaccountable to each other.

Evil has blinded us to the bigger picture.

We are racing towards something,

something of immense importance, yet…

many of us are walking this world ignorant.

There is a change coming, a much needed shift.

We have a choice in the matter, yet, so many are still sleeping.

It is time to wake up, take accountability, take care

of one another.

Love one another, reach out and hold one another.

The change that is on it’s way will shake us all

to the very core of our being.

Our only means of defense will be to find

that voice with which God is speaking to us all.

That voice from within, that loving place.

Only Love will save us,

only Love ever could.

But, first, for Love to do what it must,

we must find it within and extend it throughout.

We must wake up and see through the eyes of Spirit.

We must take hold and hang on tightly.

Set aside our prejudice, throw out our judgments and

take hold of the very ones we would turn away from.

No more can we ignore our own relatedness to our brothers and sisters.

No more, enough, we must take a stand next to one another.

For they are my family, they are your family and we are responsible for them.

They are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, they are our children.

They are you, they are me and we are connected to each other by something

far greater than anything we could ever imagine.

Love’s Source is the very light by which we shine.

And it is Love’s Source that is calling to us,

like a song we’ve almost forgotten.

A song that is indelibly written upon our hearts,

a melody that sets our Spirits free, wakes our senses to something more…

we are Love and…responsible for each other.



to the millions

who have suffered

at the hands of genocidal hate

throughout this world