Saturday, July 21, 2007


I always try
to give the benefit of the doubt,
to bear with strange notions
and unfamiliar or unusual ideas,
to look beyond apparent weirdness,
to accept people as they are
as far as I can;
to withhold judgment
for the sake of hope,
to suspend reaction and critique
for the sake of learning,
to reach across barriers
for the sake of understanding
and finding common ground;
and, where possible,
to stand in the gap
for the sake of grace.

Sometimes, this strings me out;
sometimes, I get burned.

Sometimes, however, I grow,
and so do others.

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